Sej - Artist Statement

I created "Virginia Woolf" as a commissioned piece , for a close friend of mine as a gift for feminist cultural critic and author, Dr Anthea Taylor.

Virginia Woolf is recgonised as one of history's greatest writers, and a trailblazer for the feminist movement as a whole. Her books included "A Room of One's Own", which highlight the difficulties facing women in gaining equality in the field of writing which can be readily compared to the field of art, and the imbalance when it comes to equality of pay and the struggles in gaining recognition in what is still very much a male dominated arena.

I hoped to capture a haunting presence in the eyes of Virginia, whilst also a feeling of grace and steadfastness. Her gaze endures; as does the feminist movement.

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