Selene: Female group exhibition

Old Lock Up Gallery, Cromford.

Selene: Female group exhibition

Old Lock Up Gallery, Cromford.

I feel very privileged to be able to show my work alongside some wonderful female artists at this beautiful gallery. These are uncertain times and plans are not something I've been making. However this exhibition is going to happen, so if you feel able and safe please go along by making an appointment.

Selene - All Female Show
An annual all female show, 2020’s inaugural exhibition explores the feminine through colour, form, edges and layers.
‘I recently began to explore female artists and their self expression via the arts. This brought about a curiosity relating to what is ‘feminine’ and what has been constructed via society? Do female artists readily connect with their feminine nature and are they able to confidently express this via their work. Or have we as women learnt to hide those qualities and characteristics in favour of the masculine?’ - Rachael Pinks - curator and director of The Old Lock Up Gallery.

"In Caliban and the Witch, the radical feminist academic and activist Silvia Federici argues that the witch hunts of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries were a necessary part of the birth of capitalism, as more traditionally represented in the primitive accumulation of Enclosure. ‘The witch-hunt was one of the most important events in the development of capitalist society … the unleashing of a campaign of terror against women … weakened the resistance of the European peasantry to the assault launched against it by the gentry and the state, at a time when the peasant community was already disintegrating.’ Breaking this resistance was important, but perhaps even more central to the establishment of capitalism was positioning women predominantly and primarily as (re)producers of labour, that is, the creators of a workforce. In order to do this it was necessary to break down any status they had within their society as keepers of wisdom or knowledge, much of which was in effect outlawed as witchcraft." (from "Strange Labyrinth: Outlaws, Poets, Mystics, Murderers and a Coward in London's Great Forest" by Will Ashon)