Shatter the Silence, the debut exhibition to be curated by Alison Little put violence against women at the forefront of everyone’s mind. Six female artists addressing everything from Sexual Violence to fairy stories, Rape recovery to living in fear, Male dominance to finding happiness through imperfect bodies in which we live. Pain, pleasure and personality smash into the Quaker Meeting House.
Jennie Wishart brought us a colourful, but equally fearful play on the theme.
‘Living in Fear’ is a later work, the emotion conveyed through the figure is expanded through the use of shadow.’
explains Wishart, her real name incidentally. We see a figure frightened, the anticipation of fear indicated by the shadow overcoming the figure. The poise is almost prey-like, her hands coming together, almost shaking as the face reflects the emotions which are present in her face. Yet, the bright range of purples and yellow make it an almost pleasant image to view, interesting work from an artist turning in new directions within her practice.
A photographic representation of a fabric covered statues encapsulated by a chastity belt was presented by Sue Leach.
‘My work explores women’s issues. This photograph of a recent sculpture explores female oppression, male dominance and sexual exploitation. The non-representational depiction of the female implies a woman whose freedom is denied and whose personality has been effaced making her vulnerable to many forms of exploitation.’
States the artist, the piece simply entitled ‘Woman’. Leach, on retirement, began a BA in Fine Art at Wirral Metropolitan College, based in Birkenhead. This is one of many pieces she has exhibited in Liverpool’ creative exhibition spaces as she completes her studies.
The show was stolen by Liverpool’ newest conceptual photographer: Emma Walker. Graphic play in the layout as a panoramic vision of images almost animated in the presentation of the sequence. In ‘Alphabet Soup’ the photographs that start the series are shock, confusion, sadness and distraught. The fifth image does not have a girl in the photograph. This represents being at an all time low. Rock bottom. The white letters on a black wall represent the mental pain, anger and the not making any sense of what had happened. The photographs that come afterwards slowly reveal the face, section by section, this is capturing the slow process of getting stronger. The final photograph shows a girl happy, unafraid. Walker has proved herself to be a new talent to watch, in this her use of photography to draw our attention to the emotional journey of a rape survivor.
Not forgot the domestic violence we present our daughters with through fairy stories highlighted by the textiles of Sarah Nicholson. The rape recovery process presented through the concept-based work of the curator: Alison Little. Laurence Sauvage shows us that women’s bodies are not always perfect, labelling being a re-occurring theme of the French feminist artist.
A show that shatters its way onto the Liverpool Art Scene, using creativity to make us contemplate the dangers women face on a daily basis.
The exhibition takes place in the cafe exhibition space at the Quaker Meeting House, 22 School Lane, Liverpool L1 3BT, the private View being held 4-6pm on Friday 24/03/17, the exhibition running until Sunday the 21/05/17. The Cafe is open from 9am-3pm weekdays and 9am-4pm on Saturdays closed on Sundays. Arts activities relating to the exhibition are planned for the Light Night taking place on the 19/05/17 the closing weekend of the exhibition.