• In collaboration with Charlie Smith London, Saatchi Gallery presents ‘Beyond the Gaze: Reclaiming the Landscape’
• Featured artists include; Emma Bennett, Kirsty Harris, Kiera Bennett, Dannielle Hodson, Melissa Kime, Lisa Ivory and Joanna Whittle
Beyond the Gaze – Reclaiming the Landscape explores contemporary landscape painting by women painters and seeks to subvert the historical tendencies of a male-dominated genre.
Throughout history, women have often been portrayed in landscape paintings as passive or idealized subjects, rather than active participants in the scene.
Male artists typically represented women as muses, workers, or symbols of nature, representing beauty, purity, and innocence.
Women were often depicted in a state of undress, with flowing hair and delicate features, creating an image of vulnerable and alluring femininity. Depictions were largely objectified, with little agency or power given to the female subjects.
In this exhibition, women artists—none of whom would consider themselves landscape painters in a traditional sense—seize ownership of the genre by exploring activity within a landscape, and in doing so define the worldview from their own perspective.
Each artist approaches the subject distinctively, and in combination explores landscape as an arena for human endeavour; nature as memento mori; the imaginary; the ritualistic; and the archaic.
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