All large bitumen paintings undergo a period of research & development before the bitumen process starts. Confidence Tricks explores ‘technologies of the self’ and the ways in which women are told be better, improve their opportunities, be more confident and thus be more successful. An appealing ideology, yet a devious psychology. It is a way of displacing blame for cultural inequalities back onto individuals instead of on the institutions that perpetuate them.
Paintings explore women’s experience and lived reality. They parody classic rhetorics of painting. These works utilise and play with conventions of tableau and decoration, imitating and reworking classic figures from historical works that created allegories for the concreteness of human presence. They slyly condemn the way in which the female form has been associated with nature or used as a vehicle to represent male values.
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