The female figure has always been symbolic of fertility and regeneration, sexuality and eroticism. A woman’s form is usually depicted as either enigmatic and titillating or motherly and protective. Helen Joseph divorces the figure from its usual associations with beauty, femininity, maternity and sexuality to expose the vulnerability and dehumanization that results from the violence, both psychological and physical, of abuse.
29 November – 14 December 2005
helen joseph, keep your head above water, acrylic and pastel on paper, 147x85cm, 2005