Lonely Girl Room 4732




Ceramic, mixed media


20" x 12" x 8"




My work throws light on issues experienced by most women—from becoming aware of the male gaze and self-objectifying, to harassment, abuse, marginalization and ageism. Simultaneously, women struggle to remain relevant, take care of their physical and mental health, and maintain financial stability. I create deliberate parallels between my materials and how women are treated in society. I often use clay—a medium historically excluded from the fine art world—to illustrate how age is explicitly linked to failure for females. In this series, clay and wires were used to illuminate memory issues related to Alzheimer’s disease through a gendered lens. Watching my mother navigate her remaining years while living with the disease coupled with statistics indicating among other things that women with dementia outnumber men two to one, created a sense of urgency in me to make more of them. New Lonely Girls were created with stoneware and red earthenware paper clay. Layers of color were applied using under glazes, stains, oxides and textured glazes. Text was carved into many of them including poems about aging along with quotes regarding dementia.
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Constance McBride

Constance McBride

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