Beverley Cleland

‘The Drawing Room’ - Beverley Cleland- installation. 21 December 2009 - 20 January 2010

24 hour window viewing
Opening night: Monday, 18 January 6-9pm
This is the second in a series of three consecutive projects, where artist use the walls of PS² as a surface for their drawings. The series started with '20 eyes' by Miguel Martin and ends with 'Drawing on the Right' by Katrina Sheena Smyth.

Beverley Cleland, work process
boarding up the space
Beverley Cleland: work process
papering the space

‘The Drawing Room’ comprises an installation of drawings and prints that question the architecture of the life room. The drawing room is a room in the house that women in the past would have withdrawn to for more privacy.
Its function was also decorative, used to display precious items such as

Beverley Cleland: work process
first stage of printing
Beverly Cleland: work process
printing, drawing

ornaments and china tea sets, normally placed in display cabinets.The installation plays on
the irony of femininity.
The history of the female nude as seen through
the masculine gaze is
displaced - the model
is no longer mans muse
or object.
She is no longer an

Beverly Cleland: work process
work process
Beverly Cleland: work process
installation view

available, commodified entity of femininity at the disposal
of the voyeur’s pleasure.

No longer is the female
body comprised from nostalgic ideals of
the masculine gaze.
She embodies the feminine gaze. She is in control
of her body. She is masculine; active rather
than feminine; passive.
In the installation, domestic and feminine patterns protect the body by encasing and veiling. The patterns create
an ironic facade of idealized femininity, placing the observer in a state of comfort and familiarity.

‘The Drawing Room’
is part of Beverley Clelands' Masters project at the University of Ulster.

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