Interrogating representations of women and the portrayal of ‘women’s work’.
Manchester Art Gallery
Saturday 20 October 2018–Sunday 20 January 2019
Award-winning artists Caroline Broadhead and Maisie Broadhead are mother and daughter. Working independently, they have made ambitious new works in response to historic representations of femininity in paintings at Manchester Art Gallery. The new works focus on how the pictorial conventions of such paintings and their elaborate frames affect our perceptions of the women depicted. Their aim is to provoke a dialogue about past and present, content and surrounding and to interrogate representations of women and the portrayal of ‘women’s work’.
Caroline Broadhead makes three-dimensional works that explore the physical and psychological boundaries of the body. She originally studied jewellery and over four decades her practice has expanded to include larger scale work, installations and collaborations with contemporary choreographers and dancers. Her current focus is using intricate and time-consuming traditional craft techniques, particularly beadwork, in unexpected ways.
Maisie Broadhead makes images with contemporary narratives that reference familiar and recognisable historical paintings. They faithfully recreate the lighting, postures and atmosphere of past eras to reflect on human situations that draw on parallels between the past and present. She employs different methods to create these works but photography is an important and integral part of her practice.
Maisie established her studio in 2009 and was awarded the Jerwood Makers Open prize in 2012.