The Women’s Arts Association has had a very successful show of associate members’ work at Llanover Hall in Cardiff. “How I see It …” fitted nicely with Llanover Hall’s educative functions by asking women makers to create an original work inspired by a woman artist.
The opening, with readings by Toni-Ann La Crette, was enthusiastically attended, and groups from schools and of women had the opportunity to see the art but also see the women’s art that had been the inspiration – a good thing to demonstrate and take with them.
On the left (from l to r), there is Rose Davies’ printed fabric piece inspired by Kathe Kollwitz, Dilys Jackson’s sculpture inspired by a Barbara Hepworth piece, Georgina Peach mobile inspired by Louis Bourgeois, who painting also inspired Rebecca Croxford’s triptych, and Sue Roberts inspired by Marlene Dumas. On the right, Bee Bennett’s landscape inspired by Joan Eardley, Dianne Setch’s digital image inspired by Ellen Gallagher, and Sarah Featherstone photography inspired by Madame Yevonde.
More familiar as a mural and street artist Millimagic who signs herself Unity, Amelia Thomas worked on canvas inspired by Ruth Evans’ poem “Birth Plan”. Jacqueline Alkema had shaved her hair last summer and used the experience in the light of Freda Kahlo’s self portrait, beside Kay Keogh’s portait inspired by Margaret Dumas. (Jacqueline Alkema curated with Sarah Featherstone and Phillippa Brown.)
There were so many interesting works: at the Annual General Meeting, several artists explained their work.
Aisling Tempany took us through the process of her inked piece inspired by abstract and religious work, including Mainee Jellet’s. Anna Polya’s almost narrative work (not well -photographed) was an intelligent restyling and relocating of “Woman and Child in a Meadow” by Berthe Morisot.
Of course, I loved Shirley Anne Owen’s horses inspired by cave painters, who, she notes, were mostly women.
My own painting on the ambiguity of walls was inspired by surrealist Dorothea Tanning. Angela Kingston’s art inspired by various quotes hung beside Kathryn Jordan’s nasturiums inspired by Dora Carrington’s tulips.
I must also mention Dinah Guilfoyle (@dinahvagina) who didn’t hold back on her buttons of 50 women artists. Mandy Lane’s amazing piece became more scary each time I saw it – inspired by Kiki Smith.