I have been on a pilgrimage since 2018 to find the women who have been remembered with statues in public spaces across Europe - Queens and revolutionaries, artists and scientists, nurses and nuns.
Unreliable estimates put the number of women at between 0.5 and 2% of total statues.Staging interventions and interactions for large scale photographs, sculptures and mixed media works, the project is one of interpretation and activism, bringing forgotten objects and lives into fresh focus and showing the important roles women played in the face of oppression. For the few that have been remembered, countless were written out of history.
The circa hundred and fifty statues of women included in Glorious Oblivion will form an installation that creates conversations and connections between diverse objects, through intervention, scale, materiality and juxtaposition. The fragmentation and dislocation is to me a way of speaking to the fragility of legacy, the gaping holes in historical records and the valiant failure of statuary to prevent this oblivion.
Comfort at last, Sor Juana, Madrid, 2018
Thinking (Hannah Arendt, Budapest) 2019, pigment print on lead, steel, 130 x 50cm
Cecilia, 2018, print on blue marble, 40 x 20cm
Thinking Deeply (Hannah Arendt, Budapest) print on lead, steel 2019 . 130 x 50cm