The exhibition brings together the contrasts in women's art - illustrating
nurturing, healing, feminism and the celebration of womanhood. It shows the
influences of women's roles at the beginning of the 21st century.
Artists participating in the exhibition include professionals with high
levels of creative skill in the disciplines of painting, sculpture, graphic
art, textiles, photography and mixed media.
Ann Clay will be exhibiting her pictures of large children that address the
visual condition of figure versus ground. Her work combines figuration and
abstraction and so deals with issues relating to the nature of painting.
Liz Garnett will be exhibiting two black and white photographs that challenge
the stereotypical roles men place on women.
Mary Sampson's two pictures are based on the Bluebeard story and deal with
curiosity, entrapment and the forbidden room.
Mandy Munroe's instillation marks the birth of the new millennium. It is
essentially a quilt made of three layers which emulates a spent cocoon.
Other artist exhibiting work include: Marisa Cornejo, Vikky Furse, Lynda
Hukkins, Deirdre Kashdan, Helen Kemp, Helen Kirwan and Kris Saber-Dickson.
Ashford Visual Artists was formed with support from Ashford Borough Council
to establish a focus for the arts and to give Ashford a cultural momentum and
identity. The objective of the association is to develop the awareness of the
visual arts in the borough by promoting local professional visual artists.
It embraces, for the first time in Ashford, a broad range of professions
within the art and design field and it is hoped will provide an influential
focus for both the visual and performing arts.
Female Fusion is part of Ashford Visual Artists Fringe Art Event. This
includes: artists observing the Ashford Farmers' Market; art activities at
the Paperback Exchange; interactive art; an exhibition at Savia's Gallery and
a Millennium Exhibition at Ashford Library Gallery (26 August 2000 to 7