Laura Franx: A Study of the Female Anatomy

Exhibition in Live Project Space

29 June – 16 August 2017

Curated by Claire Atherton and Co-Curated by Sarah Munro

Live Project Space, North Building

A gallery work placement project created by BA (Hons) Illustration student Laura Franx, in response to the Matisse: Drawing with Scissors exhibition shown at TheGallery, Arts University Bournemouth.

Exploring representation, Laura’s work challenges the historical sexualisation of the female body within Art.

Rather than aspiring for an exact portrayal of human anatomy Laura has deconstructed the female body into core shapes, removing distracting details to depict emotion through form and posture. She has been inspired by Matisse’s conveyance of emotion in Blue Nudes and his mastery of human forms, that look beyond surface beauty.

This is a response to the Matisse: Drawing with Scissors exhibition shown at TheGallery, Arts University Bournemouth.

Meet the curators

Claire Atherton
Claire studied Photography at AUB, graduating in 2011 and has experience in curation, programming, events and writing. She has worked for Hampshire Cultural Trust duty-managing museum sites and developing a number of different projects.

Claire was the interim curation for Bursledon Windmill during a £94K restoration and interpretation project which was supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Until recently, Claire worked as Gallery Assistant at TheGallery where she supported the planning and delivery of TheGallery’s programme of exhibitions and events. She specialises in audience monitoring and content development.

Sarah Munro
Sarah is a first year BA (Hons) Illustration at AUB and a work placement student at TheGallery. Her artistic practise is concerned with the mixing of ideas through collaboration, inspired by her own multicultural background she values unusual co-habitations and combinations.

Both international students, Sarah her passion for collaboration and interest in illustration and design with Laura Franx who is a colleague within the same BA (Hons) Illustration course.

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