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Wallace, Louise (2012) The Bathers. Parliament Buildings [Artefact]

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Abstract

‘The Bathers’ (oil on canvas, 120 x 145 cm) is a response to the canonical depiction of the bathing woman in art history. The painting acts as an intervention within a genre which expects the female form to be naked, passive and sexualised (e.g. Paul Cezanne Les Baigneurs 1906). In direct contrast ‘The Bathers’ draws upon a vernacular representation of bathing. The female figures are wearing swimming costumes; their forms are athletic and active. Most significantly, they are wearing goggles. This device dehumanises the figure whilst simultaneously reinforcing the act of looking. Both women are staring at the viewer; their gaze is active and challenging. This is a break with the canonical depiction of a passive female gaze which allows the viewer access to the sexualised body. ‘The Bathers’ was selected by the arts council of northern Ireland for inclusion in the exhibition Contemporary Art in Northern Ireland, Parliament Buildings 16.11.2011 –04.01.2012. Doctor Suzanne Lyle, Head of Visual Arts Northern Ireland said “Anyone visiting the exhibition over the festive period will see the extraordinary quality and range of work from Northern Ireland’s visual artists, which goes far beyond what might be expected of a small region and something to be immensely proud of. This exhibition celebrates the vibrancy of our artists in recent times and I would encourage everyone to visit it while they can.” The exhibition received in excess of 4500 visitors in the first month and so was extended for one additional month.

Item Type:Artefact
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Art, Design and the Built Environment
Faculty of Art, Design and the Built Environment > Belfast School of Art
Research Institutes and Groups:Art and Design Research Institute
Art and Design Research Institute > Art and Context
Location:Parliament Buildings
Location:Belfast
Date:04 January 2012
ID Code:21353
Deposited By:Dr Louise Wallace
Deposited On:15 Nov 2012 16:45
Last Modified:19 Apr 2013 11:23

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