Up Close and personal

Another interesting artist who seems to have been relegated to the shadows is Jann Haworth, the American Pop Artist.   Born in 1942 in California, she moved to London in 1961 to study at the Slade School of Art where she quickly enjoyed the reputation as a rebel in a male dominated institution.  She began making soft sculptures such as Cowboy, a life size male figure in cowboy costume that leans against a wall and other pieces such as the Mae West Mirror that reference American popular culture.  She became friends with the other female pop artist (also now largely consigned to the shadows, but one of my favourite artists) Pauline Boty.

The current exhibition at Pallant House Gallery features several large scale and life size soft sculptures including doughnuts, a series of 3D collages featuring Minnie Mouse and her current collaborative piece, with her daughter Liberty Blake (from Haworth’s marriage to artist Peter Blake) a 28 foot mural celebrating women who were catalysts for change in the arts, science and social activism.  This monumental work features over 100 women spanning 3000 years, questioning how many of these women’s endeavours have become marginalised or forgotten through the passage of time.

A smaller exhibition on show explores creativity of female artists from with the collection of Pallant House Gallery, each piece selected by Haworth herself.   Intriguing and timely, it is a bold move by the Gallery to dedicate their entire temporary exhibition space to work by female artists.  It is just a shame that the permanent display collection is still so very male dominated.

Jann Haworth exhibition flyer

All three exhibitions can be seen at Pallant House Gallery until 23 February 2020.