Shadow Self

A group show with the Salon des Femmes in association with the Dunedin Fringe Festival 2015 at Mint Gallery, Moray Place, Dunedin from the 6th – 19th March. Each artist responded to the notion of ‘shadow self’ taken from the essay ‘Professions for Women’ by Virginia Woolf.

[Heading nowhere] in a Navy Blue Suit (detail)

[Heading nowhere] in a Navy Blue Suit (detail)

[Heading Nowhere] in a Navy Blue Suit, screenprints on Somerset Velvet paper, 28x76cm
The title is from an essay by Sue Kedgley that refers to women’s failed attempt to fit into a male corporate world. The shadow self is seen as what we deem to unconsciously deny in ourselves yet there are many women in history who have stood their ground. I recall playing dress ups as a young girl. Whether idolising screen stars or venerating the prowess of women through a myriad of media images, the notion of ‘dressing up’ allows the freedom to slip into anecdotes of the imagination and ultimately this affects our future. There are many legendary women that impact on our lives. Who has influenced yours?

Installation view with post it notes honouring women that have influenced the lives of the audience

Installation view with post it notes honouring women that have influenced the lives of the audience

Installation view from the opposite direction with images of myself 'dressing-up'

Installation view from the opposite direction with images of myself ‘dressing-up’

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