Mum said you should always brush your hair

Gaffney, Sheila ORCID logoORCID: (2023) Mum said you should always brush your hair. [Artefact]


The output is bronze sculpture created by Gaffney, titled ‘Mum said you should always brush your hair’, measuring 29 x 17 x 13 cm. Research process: Methods used are transcription; life modelling where it is the definition of life that is critical, combining material process with psychological and social behaviour to perform modelling-modelling; casting as part of the research project to construct a new definition of sculptural practice as Embodied Dreaming. Research insights: The sculpture is one of a series of works made in response to the question ‘how can sculpture convey what it is like to inhabit a woman’s body as the researcher knows it?’ Which is differently positioned from the masculine contributions to the history of figuration that constitute the European and British sculptural canon from Rodin to the present day. Dissemination: The output was included in ‘If Not Now, When? Generations of Women in Sculpture in Britain, 1960 – 2022’, an exhibition that presents the outcomes of a significant research project, ‘Hepworth’s Progeny’ hosted by The Hepworth Wakefield (2021 – 23) and in collaboration with art historian Griselda Pollock and sculptor Lorna Green. The work was exhibited at The Hepworth Wakefield (31 March – 15 October 2023) and Saatchi Gallery London (15 November 2023 – 22 January 2024), it was reviewed for the Guardian Online by Hannah Clugston (3 April 2023).

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