Contemplation Diptych, 40.6 x 25.4cm, mix media on birch panel
For many years I have been interested in the representation of females in art and how that interacts with, or perhaps reflects, society's perception of women. While there have been social changes in recent times, I believe that women are still all too readily pigeonholed by society into convenient 'types.' It seems to me that woman have been variously portrayed as mothers or symbols of fertility, as sometimes weak and in need of care, as sexual predators, as icons of beauty without any real substance, or as power dressing ‘ballbreakers.'
With these works I’m looking at colour and surface texture to create a softer image, portraying the more vulnerable side to women but still giving them a strength coming from within.
Persephone's Seeds, 58 x 58cm, digital photograph on archival paper
Launceston based artist, Fiona Chipperfield studied fine arts at the University of Sydney in the 1990's. Fiona’s training as a printmaker provides her with the means to explore ideas through the physical layering that is intrinsic to printmaking. Layered patterns and images are a strategy to both conceal and reveal meaning.Fiona has now developed a process of layering photographic images to reveal or conceal the beauty of the female form and women's inner desires.
Study No. 1, 20.3 x 25.4cm, mix media on birch panel