Mixed-media painting using oil and collage on gesso board. The idea behind this series is to celebrate remarkable, little-known people who have challenged gender stereotyping in order to live lives of adventure and professional discovery. Throughout history there are scores of women who have assumed male identities simply in order to survive financially. Emily Hahn (1905-1997) was an American journalist and author. Considered an early feminist and called "a forgotten American literary treasure" by The New Yorker magazine, she was the author of 54 books and more than 200 articles and short stories. Her novels in the 20th century played a significant role in opening up Asia and Africa to the west. Her extensive travels throughout her life and her love of animals influenced much of her writing. Hahn wrote for The New Yorker from 1929 to 1996.
Kate Milsom’s work is rooted in the past, not simply because it features historical imagery, but also by using the same techniques and chemical processes. After graduating in fine art from Oxford Brookes University and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Kate worked in restoration for many years, where she developed a reverence for authentic materials and an appreciation of the richness and depth of pure pigment. Kate began producing elaborate mixed media pieces while on a long stay in Venice in 2006, making use of city-floor ephemera such as museum leaflets. She continues to incorporate "scraps" of the past, sourced from second-hand books and magazines, into her "intricate sce ...
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