Statement by Gail Henderson
My project is the development of large mixed media surreal drawings exploring the dark feminine inner world of woman. My drawings will be contextualised by French feminist writing of Irigaray and Cixous, the fiction of Anais Nin and Angela Carter and other such research. I will be exploring many facets of the female psyche through characterisations developed in the theoretical poetry I began to write on the creative writing MA at Teesside University. I could draw these alter egos and other traces of the female body on large friezes or scrolls. I will also employ relief printing and develop monoprints, as part of the works, to utilise the strategy of repetition. At the moment, I practice life drawing with an open and experimental approach as another strand to my artwork. It will be interesting for me to understand, during the project, how this fragmentation of approach develops the drawings based on the imaginary body. As a segment of the project, I would also like to perform some live drawings and my continuous writing of theoretical poetry could be part of the experimental time based pieces of art.
The opportunity will give me the facilities to help me develop the scale and expand the media involved in the production of my drawings. It will help me to consolidate the different elements of my practice. It would aid the production of large scale scrolls which I would document in order to approach venues to exhibit and increase the audience for my practice of drawing the feminine. My practice would grow as I develop new approaches to drawing such as the live element.
I would like to acquire more complex understanding of drawing skills to give me a more learned approach to finished artwork. I will expand the characters from my theoretical autobiographical writings into finished drawings. I will aim for my life drawing research to be realised as part of the mainstay of my practice. An outcome would be to try and map some of the complexity of the female psyche through the drawing process