Myself and the others from my studio have decided to set up a collective. We decided to call ourselves The Belmont Collective. We have an Instragram page and are planning on creating a website. We have been in contact with Falmouth Art Gallery about the possibility of an exhibition. They invited us to one of their opening nights which was great. We hope to have some work there in the future. CLICK HERE to see the Instagram page. We were very lucky to recieve a lot of support quite quickly.
'Tina, Dena and Mum'
I have realised that my overriding interest and curiosity has always been for people, for the reasons why they are who they are and the stories that they have to tell. I have always done this, within portraiture I have always looked for something secret or hidden from the rest of the world. These films really interest me as they show the intricacies of human nature and the complexity of our relationships. They are beautifully filmed too.
'Witches Dancing' (taken from a series of one minute life drawings)
"It is important to know that the word Crone, often used pejoratively to mean "old hag" has noble origins. Hag used to mean "a holy one," from the Greek hagia. I am consciously learning to love my old woman, my old hag, to reframe and re-enchant this ancient archetype." (Helen Redman, 2011)
After watching several of these Style Like U videos, these two really stood out to me and I became fascinated by the menopause and the mysticism surrounding it. I wanted to challenge western culture's negative view on the menopause.
I am currently creating a series of films and paintings which focus on the lives of a few individuals during this transitional phase of life. I have been exploring the lives of certain indigenous cultures and their view of the menopause and applying their reverence of the menopausal woman in my practice, through interviewing these women; seeking to give them a platform to voice their own cumulative wisdom.
In this lecture with Patricia McCabe, a woman belonging to the Diné Nation and the Lacota tribe of South-Western America, she speaks about how during a women’s ‘moon time’ (menstruation) she is separate from the rest of the community and spends the time in reflection and meditation. She speaks about how within this time, a woman is more open to the knowledge of the universe, “hold[ing] a gateway in her body between heaven and earth”. Once a woman’s moon time is over, she has an opportunity to reflect on the knowledge she has acquired; the elder women of the community, having experience many ‘moon times’, are celebrated as being sources of wisdom.