Pearly Woman II
2008. Clay, varnish and oil paint (21 x 27 cm)


Rose Gibbs





Inspired by artists like Frida Kahlo, Gibbs's practice gains an autobiographical nature. Everyday objects are subverted to tell personal stories of the repetitive and mundane, yet poignant nature of everyday life and conventions. She is specifically interested in the cyclical nature of life- ‘life creating life to create life' and the necessary condition of motherhood to keep the cycle active.

Crude images of consummation and pregnancy are painted on earthen pots, significantly pointing to the symbolic relationship between the utility of these age-old objects and women as objects of sex and vessels of childbirth.