Winns Gallery to show exhibition on feminine wisdom this month

Running from 16-24th September, the exhibition will feature prints, sculptures, mixed media and ceramics by a group of women artists

The artists will reunite for a third run of their exhibition at the Winns Gallery, Credit: Kate Tsang

An exhibition of prints, sculptures, mixed media and ceramics by a group of women artists will show at the Winns Gallery in Lloyd Park, Walthamstow this month.

From 16-24th September, Anna Alcock, Linda Green, Kirsten Schmidt and Yanire Sylva Delgado will return to the gallery for a third time to show their group exhibition titled Four Women in Aquelarre, visual arts space located a stones throw from the William Morris Gallery.

The term ‘Aquelarre’ or ‘Witches’ Sabbath’ was used during the Spanish Inquisition to justify misogyny, persecution and murder. Through their artforms, the artists are seeking to reclaim the term.

South African artist and printmaker, Anna Alcock‘s charged, gestural relief prints rework stories and myths familiar from Old Master paintings to explore complex issues: environmental catastrophe, political and social upheaval, and personal trauma.

Anna says: “My meditation on death, Triumph of Death borrows from the composition of Pieter Bruegel the Elder’s painting of the same name. In my image inspired by Cezanne’s The Large Bathers, I turn the idea of the male gaze on its head.”

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Kirsten Schmidt, who will be showing sculptures in metal and clay, explains how all of her work starts with a drawing. She says, “Years of drawing anthropological artefacts in museums has led me to making votive sculptures. I love the visual manifestation of humans trying to connect with an invisible, imagined world. Our need for ritual and our desire to uncover a power greater than ourselves fascinates

Yanire Sylva Delgado will show ceramic sculptures at the group exhibition. The Ecuadorian has created a series of layered and folded and anthropomorphic ceramic forms.

The artist said of her creations: “I think of them as beings wrapped within themselves, built with layers of tissue and water, the layers of success, failure, happiness and pain that support and give structure to our consciousness and entire being. To make sense of the world we are in and how we relate to it we should look inside. It’s a journey most of us dislike but it’s one we have to take in order to know how to relate and belong.”

In her mixed media works, Linda Green explores the tension between the accidental and the intentional. Linda said: “We are living in dark times. Whilst it may be important to stay hopeful and positive, there also needs to be a space for recognising feelings of
anxiety and despair.”

4 Women in Aquellare is at Winns Gallery, Lloyd Park, London E17 5JW, 16th-24th September 2023. The exhibition is open 12-5pm (Mon-Fri) and 10-5pm (Sat & Sun)

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