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Stephanie Rushton - Looking at the Overlooked

Residency
5th-24th July, 2016


Ahead of our forthcoming exhibition, Woman's Work, photographer Stephanie Rushton will be resident at AirSpace researching and investigating the legacy of several historically important but largely overlooked locally relevant heroines.

We demand that, in that strange new world that is arising alike upon man and the woman, where nothing is as it was, and all things are assuming new shapes and relations, that in this world we also shall have our share of honoured and socially useful human toil, our full half of the labour of the Children of Woman. We demand nothing more than this, and will take nothing less. This is our ‘WOMAN’S RIGHT’
- Olive Schreiner, Woman and Labour, 1911


The title of this residency is taken from Norman Bryson’s 1990 Looking at the Overlooked- Four Essays on Still Life Painting. Bryson, in the final essay, concludes that the persisting tendency to downgrade the genre of still life is profoundly rooted in the historical oppression of women. I intend to turn this on its head and look at the historical tendency to overlook or downgrade the work of women through the methodology of still life, its broad remit allowing for the incorporation of a variety of objects, photographs and text within a photographic tableau, the context being reinforced by the quiet domesticity of the genre.

Rhopography- from rhopos, trivial objects, small wares, trifles… the depiction of those things which lack importance, the unassuming material base of life that ‘importance’ constantly overlooks” The world of rhopography, or mundane reality has historically been seen as the world inhabited by women.

Initially, Looking at the Overlooked will take two strands for further enquiry.

- responding to the curatorial theme of Woman’s Work through exploring the archive of the Potteries Museum to create a series of photographic still life images, investigating the legacy of several historically important but largely overlooked locally relevant heroines including - Millicent Sutherland, Gertie Gitana, M’Lita Dolores, Lucie Wedgewood and Fanny Deakin.

- looking at contemporary woman at work and developing potential future themes within the residency, possibly taking the form of a series of environmental photographic portraits.

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Stephanie Rushton studied photography at Blackpool and The Fylde College and was apprenticed to David Bailey for five years. Following a photographic career in advertising, fashion and editorial portraiture, she now lectures at the University of Derby. Recent exhibitions include The Archaea at Campbell Works, London, Container City at the Hamburg Biennale and Journeys Pathways and Trackplans at the former Spode Factory, Stoke on Trent.
http://www.stephanierushton.co.uk


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