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Jessica Gleave

Master of Fine Art

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About me

My artistic practice orientates around the feminine, bouncing between female rage and a genuine hope for change. I look closely at societal and political issues that women face such as gender stereotypes and the sexual objectification of women in society. I use my art to communicate feminist problems in hope of creating change.

Studying MA Fine Art has given me the confidence to look for opportunities within the world of art. For example, earlier on this year I was awarded the People’s Choice Award at Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery for one of my paintings. This course has also given me the opportunity to experiment, which has helped refine my art practice. I look forward to carrying on creating and fighting for change.

In my series of paintings I have discussed the sexual objectification of women. In a male dominated society women are seen and not heard, so I have layered a pair of eyes so one is situated where the mouth should be located anatomically. I want to relate this to women who feel objectified, dehumanised and voiceless.

Alongside this I have produced a soft sculpture embroidered with a quote from Maryland, a short film which covers the theme of male sexual violence. I want to be a voice for women who cannot communities their grievances.

Exhausted Women, 2023, machine/hand stitched fabric on bedsheet with headboard, 137.5” X 39”

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Exhausted Women, 2023, machine/hand stitched fabric on bedsheet with headboard, 137.5” X 39”

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Exhausted Women, 2023, machine/hand stitched fabric on bedsheet with headboard, 137.5” X 39”

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Exhausted Women, 2023, machine/hand stitched fabric on bedsheet with headboard, 137.5” X 39”

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Exhausted Women, 2023, machine/hand stitched fabric on bedsheet with headboard, 137.5” X 39”

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The Fe/Male Gaze, 2023, acrylic on linen, each 30” X 30”

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Keywords: feminist, feministartist, femaleartist, textiles, acrylicpainting, MAFineArt, femalepainter, softsculpture


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