This collection of new works includes a series of photographs entitled Broadhead’s Women; a collection of studies portraying three generations of women from the artist’s immediate family. Broadhead’s Women reinterprets the recognisable compositional styles of two historical painters - Johannes Vermeer and Vilhelm Hammershøi - and highlights their similar obsession of repeating the narrative of women situated within quiet domestic interiors. By using the visual format of these iconic artists, while making subtle changes, Broadhead offers intimate and timeless portraits of femininity.
In other new works, Broadhead focuses her attention even more acutely on herself with a series of self-portraits. Here, she continues her playful exploration of weaving together the two-dimensional image with sculptural and three-dimensional elements. The self-portrait’s classical reference points are evident and recognizable, but new illusions and ‘tricks-of-the-eye’ underline the artist’s self-reflection at a time of early motherhood and torn commitments.
Hans Stofer, Professor & Head of Goldsmithing, Silversmithing, Metalwork and Jewellery at the Royal College of Art, London, comments on Broadhead’s creativity:
‘All art is a fragment or out of focus. It is not the purpose of a work of art to provide neat solutions but to act as a catalyst for our imagination. Maisie Broadhead’s work is like the window through which we peer and that mists up with ambiguity. It is this ambiguity that forces us to look closer and by doing so our own stories begin to unfold. Once we allow ourselves to trespass and scrutinize this other private space and allow our imagination to roam then the intangible becomes real - for each of us – on our own terms.’
Maisie Broadhead re-interprets art historical images, and is concerned with the exploration of illusion and the idea of ‘value.’ Broadhead's exceptional eye for detail, quality and composition is conveyed through the making of complex set design, lavish costume, and theatrical direction to arrive at a final image. The viewer’s eye indulges in Broadhead's re-presentation of rich, sumptuous fabrics, often with humorous contemporary embellishment. By using contemporary and historical elements, the images link the past and present by identifying enduring social and aesthetic narratives.
“The connection with art history enriches photography’s vocabulary, and it is a productive kind of retrospection for a practitioner like Maisie Broadhead, who borrows freely from past art … [Broadhead’s] photographic illusion is rich; each figure, each tint is sympathetically reimagined’ - Hope Kingsley, Seduced by Art: Photography Past and Present (London: National Gallery Company, 2012)
Since graduating from the Royal College of Art in 2009 with a Masters Degree in Jewellery, Maisie Broadhead’s work has been critically noted by the British Press and has been exhibited in major museum shows such as Unexpected Pleasures: The Art and Design of Contemporary Jewellery, which was held at the National Gallery of Victoria, Australia in 2012 and which toured to the Design Museum, London (5 December 2012 – 3 March 2013), as well as the National Gallery’s first major photography exhibition, Seduced by Art: Photography Past and Present (October 2012 – January 2013, touring to CaixaForum Barcelona, February 2013 – May 2013, and CaixaForum Madrid, June 2013 – September 2013). This exhibition explored early photography from the mid-19th century and exciting contemporary photographs, alongside historical painting. The artist’s critical success continued into summer 2013, winning an award at the Jerwood Makers Open, which recognises rising stars in the applied arts (exhibition continues at Ruthin Craft Centre, Wales in 2014). She was also recently included in ‘Modern Makers’ at Chatsworth House, Derbyshire, curated by Sotheby’s, September – December 2013, and has been shortlisted for a public commission at the Royal Pavilion, Brighton in 2014. The artist has had two previous solo exhibitions and one forthcoming at Sarah Myerscough Gallery in March 2014.
Broadhead's work has received an exceptional amount of attention, and has had feature articles in a wide range of publications including The Sunday Times Magazine; The Telegraph Magazine; The World of Interiors; Notion Magazine; It's Nice That; M Magazine; and You Magazine.
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