Review: Poem of the Pillow, Frameless Gallery

Influenced heavily by historical accounts of our Western patriarchal past, both Boyle and Makinson attempt to readdress the masculine emphasis on society by creating pieces from the female artistic perspective.

However, what becomes noticeable in both the artists’ pieces is the obvious influence of the Shunga artistic tradition, as they present the female body in its raw erotic form. The Shunga style is historically famous for its licentious illustrations. The motifs that are taken from this sexually charged Japanese style go beyond the naked form of the feminine, and attempts to convey the sexual possibilities of women. Using the Shunga style as the premise of both their works, Boyle and Makinson highlight female sexual autonomy while attempting to reverse the patriarchal stamp on sexuality.

If anything their work is overtly feminine, focusing on the intimate female body, using tender tones from pastel pink to lilac, and focusing heavily on the gender in all its glory. The exhibition is beautifully curated by Kate Neave who extenuates the artists’ contemporary feminist approach to art and society. You can find information on the website given below.

Free entry, running until 4th November http://www.framelessgallery.com

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