The Changing Faces of Derbyshire
"As a relative newcomer to Derbyshire, I have approached the Award theme 'A Sense of Place - the Changing Faces of Derbyshire' as a very open-ended fact finding task. I hope to knit together a version of Derbyshire from both first and second-hand accounts. I spent the first few weeks exploring, beginning with literature, film and paintings. And, secondly, in the narrative of objects, as a clue or prop. I spent some time talking to Jonathan Wallis at Derby Museums about their collection. We spoke about the objects which Joseph Wright included in his portraits to better portray the sitter. I have also been exploring the Derbyshire landscape - urban and rural, historical and current. From this research I have now decided to explore the many and amazing and diverse female figures from the history of Derbyshire - creating work which will reflect something of the women I have chosen to depict through paintings of interiors, landscapes, still lives and film-stills."
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