Opening Reception: Look Out / Look In - Works by Fiona Crangle
Fiona Crangle's figurative paintings explore the portrayal of women in both a contemporary and art historical context. Crangle’s painting practice directly quotes art historical canons produced by male artists looking at female subjects. She references portraits of young women by artists such as Guido Reni, and Diego Velázquez, while also exploring Johannes Vermeer’s portrayal of women in the home, engaged in household chores.
Fiona Crangle re-appropriates the paintings, replacing the historical characters with real, contemporary women such as her daughter, her friends, and her students. Some of the women send her selfies to work from, while others pose and perform the activities portrayed in the paintings. Drawn from a female perspective, Crangle’s work raises questions about the male gaze, the way in which women are portrayed historically and in the present day, and the scrutiny by which we view them.
Exhibition runs from March 10 to April 8.