Susan Moxley - The Female Form: Celebrating Women
21 October 2012 – 17 November 2012
Susan’s portraits hang side by side forming one huge painting of 100 women - is asking the viewer to look past the group and seek the individual, with her own space and story - to search beyond the skin and flesh tone (indeed, the portraits are painted in black and white) and seek out her subjects' identity, experiences, and relationships and how these unseen elements inform a portrait.
Half way through preparing for this exhibition, Susan was diagnosed with breast cancer. Compelled to incorporate this major, life-changing experience into an entirely new body of work, she began a series of bold, graphic, unemotional yet sensual prints, which hang alongside the portraits, telling her own story. She also came to a harrowing realisation about her 100 sitters, with the portraits themselves being a stark illustration of the statistics. ‘One in nine women in Britain are suffering from breast cancer,’ Susan explains,’ so ten of the women in the paintings have experienced it’.
Originally from South Africa, Susan Moxley is now based in Oxford, and has been exhibiting in Oxford, London and beyond for the last ten years. A versatile artist working in a variety of media, she has also had her work published on book covers, magazines and in children’s books, and has completed major public projects.
Helen Peacock in the Oxford Times says ” The exhibition deserves a wide audience”