BA (Hons) Fine Art
My work is portraiture,
working with oils on canvas and they reflect my concerns
regarding patriarchal power and the manipulated history regarding the
deleted, marginalized and plagiarized work of women that I have discovered.
My theory is that if these women are removed or made invisible, then with them will fade the powerful, spiritual gift of inspiration for energizing an emotional and intellectual response from women of today and tomorrow.
Rosalind Franklin – Scientist Franklin discovered the structure of DNA with her photograph 51, taken through X-ray diffraction. This was used without her permission by fellow scientists Warren and Crick who were later awarded the Nobel Prize for the discovery. Rosalind Franklin – Oil on canvas – 122 x 152cms – 2016 Ada Lovelace Lovelace was considered to be the very first computer programmer with the discovery that Charles Babbage’s Analytical Engine could be used for much more that configuring numbers. Ada Lovelace – Oil on canvas -122 x 152cms – 2016 Joan Clarke Joan Clarke, Alan Turing and team cracked the Enigma Code during WW2 with the help of the information left in the ‘Notes” by Ada Lovelace. I am reading between the lines here when I take into consideration that any work or discoveries that were made by ‘the team’ of Alan Turing that the credit would go to him only. Therefore, as I would see it that Joan Clarke probably had much more to do with the saving of thousands of lives than she was given credit for. Joan Clarke – Oil on canvas – 122 x 152 cms – 2016 Hedy Lamarr Lamarr, not only a very beautiful and successful actress of the 1930-40’s but a truly amazing inventor. Lamarr was very upset at the amount of ships being sunk during WW2 that she and pianist George Anthiel between them invented Spread Spectrum Technology that formed the basis for our wireless communication of today. Hedy Lamarr – Oil on canvas – 122 x 152cms – 2016 Camille Claudel Claudel was an incredibly talented sculptress with a most tragic story. Unfortunately she is remembered for being Auguste Rodin’s muse and lover. For fifteen years she worked with Rodin with incredible skill that was good enough to sculpt the feet and hands of many of Rodin’s major works. Problems started to arise in their relationship when she accused him of copying her ideas and when she became pregnant and had an abortion this was the point in which her world began to tip in a downwards spiral. Her mother and brother Paul Claudel were aghast at her behavior and within days of the death of her protective father, her mother and a doctor had her incarcerated into a mental institution, where she stayed for 30 years until her death. Camille Claudel – Oil on canvas – 122 x 152cms – 2016