Sisters of the New World

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Oil & mixed media on gesso board

h: 40 w: 49 d: 3 (cms).

Based on childhood events and memories re-worked - two children arrive in Australia after a 6 week journey over sea on a Russian boat. One of them won the fancy dress competition whilst on board....

£1400

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The Emperor and The Mexican

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Oil & mixed media on gesso board

h: 65 w: 75 d: 3 (cms).

This image was produced whilst musing upon the theme of historical colonialism and how the idea of imposing one culture over another is an exercise in ingnorance. It was produced in a time when all one heard about was Donald Trump and 'his' wall.

£2400

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The Delegates II

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Oil & mixed media on gesso board

h: 63 w: 67 d: 3 (cms).

The Sworn Virgin is believed to be the only formal, socially defined trans-masculine, transgender and cross-dressing role in Europe. While Sworn Virgins were common historically, currently there are only around forty in a small region of Northern Albania.

The tradition developed from The Kanun, a set of laws dictating a patrilineal family structure by which women were treated as property and had none of the freedoms or rights extended to men. Often forced into arranged marriages, they were also prohibited from smoking, drinking, voting, and even wearing a watch.

Most significantly they could not own land, so for families without a male presence (blood feuds often decimated the male line) the only way to survive was for a woman to become a “Sworn Virgin” by taking a vow of chastity for life which ‘elevated’ her to the status of a man, and saved the family from destitution.

Typically a Sworn Virgin would cut her hair, adopt a male name and wear masculine clothing and was subsequently granted the full rights extended to any man.

These depictions of women as “Sworn Virgins” are my own somewhat romanticised versions of the women electing to lead the lives of their male counterparts.

£2200

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Florence Dixie

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Oil & mixed media on gesso board

h: 65 w: 75 d: 3 (cms).

Florence Dixie 1855 – 1905

Lady Florence Dixie (née Douglas), was a Scottish traveller, war correspondent, writer and feminist. She wrote an account of travelling ‘Across Patagonia’, ‘Land of Misfortune’ covering the Zulu Wars, and many books which deal with feminist themes.

Florence was an unconventional child whose early ears, shaped by her close relationship with her twin bother, were spent in a tumble of competitive physical activities. At only five foot tall and wearing her hair short, she was noted for being “fearless, dynamic and opinionated”. As an adult she advocated equality for the sexes in marriage and divorce, and proposed women should be able to wear the same clothes as men.

A keen sports woman throughout her life, Dixie became President of the British Ladies’ Football Club in 1895. Despite enjoying blood sports in her youth, she later wrote passionately against hunting and became a committed vegetarian.

Florence died of diphtheria aged 50. She is not totally uncelebrated however for her name still graces the ‘Hotel Lady Florence Dixie’ in Puerto Natales, Southern Chile.

£2400

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