This series examines the infection of psychic violation.

In Western painting tradition, women are generally objectified, cloaked in a serene blue, a life-giving red or fleshed-out in pinks and browns, to satisfy the male gaze. In these paintings, by contrast, the figure as female protagonist, while remaining constrained by fleshy hues, often butchered, forces a psychic extreme of liberated expression, energised by viridian.

These paintings are barely illustrative, rather the materiality of the pigment in the oil paint reasserts the woman's sexuality and identity in her own terms as a power which has been repressed through religious superstition, witchcraft persecution, and gendered tradition.

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Yellow wallpaper
Oil and carbon pencil on board


Constraint no 2
Mixed media on paper


Devil may care
Oil on cardboard


Mixed media on paper


The Performer
Oil on board


Sheil na gig
Oil on paper


Final Scene
Oil on canvas


Oil and charcoal on cardboard


Dirty Snow
Oil on linen