Referring to Courbert's Origin of the World, is painted on giganitic Atlas paper: bobbly, stained with pigment and the oil it leaks, with marks of making and the wear of paper, and the paper becomes worn and bobbly, all speaking to the materiality of the subject. The oil from the paints leaches out in a stain, all speaking to the materiality of the subject.
This is on a huge sheet of coarse paper, rare and hard to make, handmade in India, made by women, from rags, in a co-operative set up by Ghandi called Khadi, to raise money for women and their families.
Fabric has a distinct relationship with women; on the body, in the body, the stuff of Feminist art making since the very beginning. In the sale of these works ten percent of profits will go to Action Aid to support their campaign to fight period poverty, which affects women and girls all over the world. Access to sanitary products, safe, hygienic spaces in which to use them, and the right to manage menstruation without shame or stigma, is not a reality for many. Women and girls' education, well-being, and sometimes entire lives are affected.
Oil Paint on Cotton Rag Paper
39" x 55" (100cm x 140cm approx.)