Part of the Lonely Arts Column project. “These portraits form part of a series titled 8 1/2 Women, which was originally conceived as an exhibition for a cinema...”
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Part of the Lonely Arts Column project.
The artist said:
“These portraits form part of a series titled 8 1/2 Women, which was originally conceived as an exhibition for a cinema (hence the title, which references both Fellini and Greenaway) and so I wanted it to reflect both my love of movies and of portraiture. Each of the images, each of the women in a way, represents for me a different ‘genre’ yet somehow they all speak to the same overall vision. All the subjects were friends or friends of friends. Interestingly the only one who was also a ‘real’ model is the one who we see the least of in the images, she’s the 1/2 in the title. That wasn’t something planned but it just happened that way.
“Though I took them a number of years ago now it’s always interesting to for me to see them exhibited again because they remind me so strongly of who I was then and so, just as in a strange way they are all united in their diversity, so in a sense each one is a self portrait.”
The Solicitor said:
“We love the direct female gaze returning ours as captured in these portraits. The cropped out stare above the demi-nostrils and lips is just as evident as if it were included in the image. The woman without the pearl earring is no girl. The windswept smoker with upturned collar has no need of anyone’s approval as she draws hard on her nicotine fix. These women have a great deal to say about a great many subjects. We would love to get to know them better.”