Tuesday, 18 January 2011

Project News: A Message To...

A Message To... Ann Oakley (2011)

TBC Artists' Collective are working on a new long-term project called 'A Message To...' The project will take members of TBC to various UK and international locations to make ephemeral interventionist works based on the cities they travel to. This week the group will travel to Oxford and install postcard-sized art works we have made specifically as a message to a person linked to Oxford who has contributed to national cultural, creative or academic history. 

My work pays homage to Ann Oakley, a writer and a sociologist who graduated from Somerville College, Oxford. She has written extensively and influentially around issues of sex and gender, housework, childbirth and feminist social science. Her 1974 book 'Housewife' inspired my 'A Message To' work, in which she wrote, 'Housework is work directly opposed to the possibility of human self-actualisation'. My drawing is made from dirt samples collected in my studio.

A Message To... Ann Oakley (detail)

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