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'A sullen temper, often shown by refusing food, is best dealt with by silence. When a girl wakes up to the fact that no one takes any notice, nor is troubled (apparently at least) by her self-starvation, she gets weary of her self-imposed martyrdom and learns sense'. Arthur J Maddison, Hints on Rescue Work,
A Handbook for Missionaries and Superintendents of Homes (1898).
As in Legacy the linen canvas represents the hessian robes worn by a section of the girls ‘imprisoned’ in these establishments.
Again the use of depression green and cream in ‘Child’ is to re-imagine the corridors of a death sentence prison. The hopelessness felt by these girls – with little or no knowledge of their fate.
In Stigma we once again see the peeling paintwork of the vast, damp and dangerous laundry rooms. The girl appears as a ghost against the background – forgotten and living as in death.
60cm x 60cm, acrylic, gloss paint, pencil & ink on canvas
60cm x 60cm, acrylic & pencil on canvas