Charlie Canning-Jones | Susan Morris | Tiff Oben | Helene Roberts and Julia Rowlands
W: WANTON WILD WILLING WASHER WIFE
O: OTHER OUTRAGEOUS OVULATING OGRESS
M: MAD MENSTRUATING MAN-EATING?MOTHER
A: AMIABLE ADORABLE ARGUMENTATIVE ALIEN
N: NASTY NEEDY NOSY NAGGING NURSE
Society has rigid ideas about what Woman is – her roles and behaviours, how she looks and dresses, her emotions, characteristics and ambitions. We chart her life meticulously using her ovaries as guide. This Swansea exhibition addresses these prescribed behaviours and roles and asks some compelling questions…
Using Woman as an acronym the artists deconstruct and explore the myriad meanings and experiences involved with the concept of being an individual and part of a constructed collective. From cross-generational stereotypes within the domestic realm to the subversion of social expectations, the works draw upon the artists’ experiences and troubling relationships they have with the roles they inhabit under the label of ‘Woman’.
The works take a theoretical, wry and abstract look at identifying with each other, but most importantly with themselves. The result may be hard to swallow, provocative and sometimes downright unpleasant but this is a collection of contemporary artwork that is sure to inspire, amuse and challenge – whatever your gender.