Magna Carta Women was created to mark the 800 year anniversary of Magna Carta in 2015. At this event we were celebrating the simple ideas of freedom and justice but controversially this was a different case for women who experienced a gruelling journey of obstacles and prejudices and constant battles for the right to education, vote, equal pay and other basic human privileges. I decided to focus on women's history and create a 4-piece panel which celebrates their 800 year journey towards women's rights and freedoms in Great Britain. I researched many women and men that paved the way but set on 47 women and 3 men including Emmeline Pankhurst, John Stuart Mill and Mary Wollstonecraft.
The process involved photographing many people who, with props, acted out the different characters. Costumes were digitally created from photographs of costumes and fabrics kindly sourced from museums. The scene was based in the Garden of Eden with imagery of flowers and fauna taken from my garden and other venues visited. King The pathway is a digital copy of the Magna Carta, kindly sourced by the British Library and King John is at the start, signing the charter. Eve stands next to John and the noblemen, who symbolises a negative scriptural image of women. The quadriptych collage was inspired by stained glass windows, which was the main visual artform of the era.
During 2015 the project toured Southern England including Royal Holloway University and Guildhall Art Gallery in the City of London.
Each panel measures 36 x 24 inches and is a digital print using Durst's Lambda machine via Genesis Imaging printers with a perspex face mount and sub frame.
Limited edition of 3.
Royal Holloway University of London have recently acquired an edition and there are 2 editions remaining.
The 50 women and men include: Marie de France, Nicolaa de la Haye, Julian of Norwich, Margery Kempe, Catherine of Aragon, Christian de Pizan, Anne Askew, Jane Anger, Rachel Speight, Margaret Fell, Bathsua makin, Margaret Cavendish, Mary Astell, Janet Horne, Mary Wollstonecraft, Elizabeth Fry, Hannah Moore, the Ladies of Llangollen, Harriet Martineau, Mary Files, John Stuart Mill, Lydia Becker, Caroline Norton, Emily Faithfull, Elizabeth Garrett Anderson, Helen Priscilla Rabagliati, Millicent Fawcett, Emmeline Pankhurst, Caroline Haslett, George Lansbury, Laurence Housman, Ada Nield Chew, Lady Constance Bulwer-Lytton, Edith Lanchester, Emily Davison, Lilian Bland, Nancy Astor, Marie Stopes, Helena Normanton, Dorothy Hodgkin, Barbara Castle, Jill Sheila Tweedie, Angela Carter, Ann Oakley, Angela McRobbie, Heidi Mirza, Natasha Walter and Laura Bates.
A digital print using Durst's Lambda machine via Genesis Imaging printers with a perspex face mount and sub frame