Penumbra
skirting the shadow

The Dean Clough Galleries 1994


How She Became Not-He
wax, casein buttons, text (in graphite on wall)
20ft x 15ft x 7ft

Behind a buttoned floor a curving wall of pink wax constructed from cast repetitions of the same tied ribbon is installed for the ‘Penumbra – skirting the shadow’ exhibition (curated by artists Sheila Gaffney and Linda Schwab).

Penumbra (a partly-shaded zone around a total shadow) brought together the work of artists with similar concerns; an aim to discover and encourage new readings and associations of commonplace objects.

‘How She Became Not-He' was architectural, gendered and gestural. It was conceived and made by Sheila Gaffney in a dialogue with the work of Lucy Irigaray and Richard Serra. The title was faintly outlined in large italics on the empty wall adjacent.

Penumbra Essay

Photography by Jerry Hardman-Jones

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