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Maisie Broadhead @ Sarah Myerscough Gallery
March 20, 2014 - April 26, 2014
This collection of new works includes a series of photographs entitled Broadhead’s Women; a collection of studies portraying three generations of women from the artist’s immediate family. Broadhead’s Women reinterprets the recognisable compositional styles of two historical painters – Johannes Vermeer and Vilhelm Hammershøi – and highlights their similar obsession of repeating the narrative of women situated within quiet domestic interiors. By using the visual format of these iconic artists, while making subtle changes, Broadhead offers intimate and timeless portraits of femininity.
In other new works, Broadhead focuses her attention even more acutely on herself with a series of self-portraits. Here, she continues her playful exploration of weaving together the two-dimensional image with sculptural and three-dimensional elements. The self-portrait’s classical reference points are evident and recognizable, but new illusions and ‘tricks-of-the-eye’ underline the artist’s self-reflection at a time of early motherhood and torn commitments.