Society places an exaggerated emphasis on women’s skins, judging the value of the lives we live within them by the colour and condition of our surfaces. How Deep Is Your Love? explores an alternative visualisation of a woman’s living body—without recourse to its surface—that I began with The Ghost Artist.
This project will eventually become ten paintings that will accumulate into a body of ten stand-in parts. Surfaces of immediate daily touch will become the bearers of the intimate world beneath our skins, the world of sensing, not of being seen. A series of experiments on marble paper will accompany the ten-part work.
These paintings are being made in artistic conversation with The Ten Largest (1907), by Swedish artist Hilma af Klint. The Ten Largest are sub-titled as the ages of life, from childhood to old age. In The Ghost Artist, I trace the roots of these abstract paintings back to traditional Swedish designs for clothes and food, designs being collected by the artist’s Suffragette friends at the time the paintings were made. How Deep Is Your Love? takes this little-studied feminist aspect of af Klint’s work, and explores how such a process might make sense as a strategy for self-imaging today.