Women of Steel


Women of Steel focusses on women, who despite considerable achievement in the face of patriarchal and often racial barriers, are remembered for controversy and often discussed through gendered criticism.

The methods employed in the “Women of Steel” series reflect the apparent titular paradox of traditional femininity, represented through the use of crocheting, but with a material that is both tough and durable – steel. The work gains a further dimension through the use of lighting which casts shadows between and across the wire sculptures. This duality of light and shade further reflects the dichotomy of achievement and controversy encapsulated by the women portrayed.

Women of Steel recently featured in the Oaktree and Tiger Ashurst Art Prize longlist and was a featured piece in the University of Edinburgh’s Dangerous Women Project.

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