International Women’s Day. Paris. March 2020
About the work
In this small complex monochrome drawing made with Japanese ink, Joy Gerrard documents a march which took place on International Women’s Day in March 2020, an event she witnessed first-hand as part of a residency at the Centre Culturel Irlandais in Paris. Gerrard’s painterly drawings evoke a complex and expressive meditation on the figure of the crowd during transformational moments. Gerrard’s crowds are viewed from above and are repeatedly framed within constraining built environments. This constant tension invites a reflection on the place of art, image archiving, live reporting and representation.
About the artist
Joy Gerrard (born 1971) is known for her work that investigates different systems of relations between crowds, architecture and the built environment. Her recent work on the Black Lives Matter movement was included in The Golden Thread Gallery’s 2020 ‘Not Alone’ touring exhibition. Recent solo exhibitions include ‘supermarket‘ in Stockholm with Ormston House (2019) and ‘shot crowd ’at the Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin (2017). Selected group exhibitions include: Protest and Remembrance, Cristea Roberts Gallery, London, 2019 and Crossing Lines. Highlanes, Drogheda and FE McWilliam Gallery, Banbridge 2019. Gerrard completed a residency at the Centre Culturel Irlandais in Paris in 2020 and is an Associate Member of the RHA, Dublin.
Joy Gerrard (1971 - )
- International Women’s Day. Paris. March 2020
- ink on paper
- height: 29.4 cm; width: 42.4 cm; depth: 3.1 cm
- Purchased from the artist March 2021, through the Art XUK project 2020-21
- verso: 'International Women's Day, Paris, March 2020' - 'ink on paper' - dated 2020 - signed by artist
- The artist; from whom purchased by UK Government Art Collection, 18 March 2021
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