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Collection Reflection: Jacqueline Morreau

29 April 2020 3:00 pm

This painting explores the role of woman as mother, artist and worker on the production line of new life. These conflicting modes of femininity are embodied through the figure of Fate.

The Fates (of which there are three in Greek mythology – Clotho, Lachesis and Atropos) are weaving goddesses who assign a mortals’ destiny at birth. Clotho determines the date and time of an individual’s birth, Lachesis determines the length of life and Atropos determines the time of death.

Morreau’s work often features figures from ancient mythology as a means of exposing ideologies which underpin social behaviour and perpetuate gender inequalities. From the 1970s onwards, Morreau was an important voice among feminist and politicised artists. Unpicking prevailing cultural and societal norms through a figurative painting practice, which at the time, was rejected by the art establishment and some feminist spheres alike.

Listen here to our Public Programmes Assistant Curator Kate Moses talk about Fate With Roller by Jacqueline Morreau, which is held within the Middlesbrough Collection



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