Keilly Whittaker Headshot
Keilly Whittaker Headshot

Veiled, 2021, Oil on Canvas

Used, 2021, Oil on Canvas

KEILLY WHITTAKER

Void of a Woman, 2021, Plaster, Fabric and White Emulsion

Body Bag, 2021, Oil on Canvas

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The Violence Against Women and Girls movement played a large role in the influence of these works. The hyper-realistic paintings feature self portraits in bags and under wet fabric allowing an initial sense of suffocation and uncomfort on viewing. All of the paintings feature the same person taking away the identity and allowing a viewer to generalise the situation to all women. 'Body Bag' was painted from a photograph in which the artist laid on the cold floor of a dark instillation space, allowing her own emotional response to be embedded in the piece, it feels forgotten. 'Used' teases at a location being that a car number plate sneaks into the lower end of the canvas however ambiguity still lies in that there is uncertainty as to how the figure has got into that position. 'Veiled' shows the figure laid under soiled white fabric which has begun to turn translucent revealing the nude figure underneath, removing the virginity and purity associated with white veiled fabric. While 'Void of a Woman' provides a sense of comfort at the forefront, the sculptures hard exterior soon removes this. The figure can be viewed as a person lying and on closer inspection it is clear that there is no person there at all. The void implies that the personality has been removed.
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