In support of their wonderful work, I have offered to help their end of year fundraiser by offering three pieces of work up for sale.
Just get in touch with me at gardiner_sophie(at)outlook.com if you would like to make an offer for one of the pieces, or have any other questions. All proceeds will go to Woman Made Gallery.
The pieces for sale include...
40.5cm height, width variable...
'Spirit Bottles' (pake), made with African wax print, clay and ribbon
As part of the 'Drapetomania' series, which explores the use of 'Vodun' in sex trafficking and abusive relationships, 'Two Sisters' was based on the Blue Beard story as interpreted by Clarissa Pinkola Estes in 'Women Who Run With The Wolves': “When the youthful spirit marries the predator, she is captured or restrained during a time in her life that was meant to be an unfoldment. Instead of living freely, she begins to live falsely. The deceitful promise of the predator is that the woman will become a queen in some way, when in fact her murder is being planned. There is a way out of all of this, but one must have the key…”
20cm x 20cm...
Collage on canvas
An image of 'Pomba Gira', a spirit (Orixa) venerated in Candomble, Umbanda, Quimbanda and other Afro-Brazilian faiths. She is often depicted as the female counter-part or 'consort' of the messenger Orixa, Exu, but is an independent spirit of witchcraft, love and sensuality. Her origins can be traced back to the Bantu crossroad spirit, 'Pambu Jila'.
This piece was made as part of our Caged Bird Sings workshop in honour of International Women's Day 2015.
'After Porajmos' is a series of photographic portraits of the distinctively long hair of migrant Roma women in Manchester. When I began this project I was in the midst of helping to organise a holocaust memorial event, and spent too long looking at reels of film and mug-shots of shaven-headed Auschwitz prisoners. Meanwhile in Longsight, Manchester, I had been adopted into a community of Roma migrants from Romania, and was constantly being asked to take family pictures for them- but all the women wanted a shot showing their hair down- which is traditionally kept long and rarely ever cut. 'After Porajmos' is a defiant contrast between those death-camp mug-shots and present day photos to demonstrate that in spite of what the Third Reich set out to achieve- the extermination of Roma, they are still here and thriving.