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Artist: Helen Gorrill
New Mistresses: Ingres' La Grande Odalisque ReDrawn (Old Masters Vandalised)
2017
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H 69 cm x W 88 cm x D 4 cm
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The inspiration

I am starting to work on the female form again, and in this new work, re-drawing, re-imaging, re-representing or “vandalising” old masters studies of the female. The work is created from graphite, biro, spray paint, acrylic paint and collaged papers – the collage includes photographed graffiti, tattoos, jewellery and bodyparts cut out from the models of adult/porn magazines, and MAC lipstick together with pigment and Inktense.

The works are varnished and set within a prime range bespoke gloss white frame with very broad white mount, to allow the work to project from the wall. Rather than transcribe the old masters, I wished to “vandalise” them in order to bring them to 2017 London. So rather than looking at an 1814 Ingres nude odalisque, you're looking at a modern-day London girl.

The work also raises questions about the status of females in today's society. Rather than the possible cliche of giving old paintings new life, a new voice, in choosing to re-present these images, an artist in effect "silences" the old ones, overwriting their original intentions. In effect, these new updated mistresses have taken control of the original old master works.

Size shown here (88 x 69 cm)

Helen
Gorrill

The artist

Helen Gorrill’s work takes many different forms of expression, including collage, textiles, drawing, painting and installation. She is known for her controversial works: in 2009 her degree show, featuring drawings inspired by religious pamphlets that featured dominant women and sexually submissive men, was censored. Guardian writer Henry Porter wrote, "The male figures have been censored but to protect whom? The spam I receive contains more indecency than Ms Gorrill's work. And it is much less interesting because she makes a valid point." Gorrill’s practice is prolific and diverse, stemming from international artist residencies – and she is one of the few British artists (alongside ...

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