Friday, June 08, 2007

Secret Self by Victoria Brookland

The Contemporary Arts Programme of the Brontë Parsonage Museum presents a new exhibition that will take place from next July 1 until September 30: Secret Self by Victoria Brookland.

Victoria Brookland has produced a number of paintings based on dresses worn by members of the Brontë family that are now held in the Brontë Parsonage Museum ’s collection.These works explore the creative lives of the Brontës,contrasting the humble,demure dresses with the passionate ambitions and writing of the women who wore them.

Victoria Brookland ’s potent imagery puts energy and light into these empty Brontë dresses but also powerfully evokes the mystery still surrounding the sisters ’ unrevealed lives. Victoria Brookland has been painting and exhibiting for over twenty years and has spent the past two years exploring the work and lives of the Brontë sisters. Her work was seen most recently as part of Painting Lives at the Mercer Art Gallery in Harrogate.
We are very grateful to Ms Brookland for providing us with these three samples of her work: Secret Self (on the right), Hawk and Ripped Up Sewn Together. Click on the images for enlarge them.
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