BRITISH Women Artists are pleased to announce the winner of their annual competition this year is Helen McGhie, an acclaimed photographer practising in the field of fine art. Helen McGhie’s winning entry, a series of thought-provoking photographic works entitled (M)other, reflect on the notion of motherhood within the context of childhood memory. The competition judges are the award-winning artist and scholar of the British School at Rome, Hermione Wiltshire, international fine art expert, Aretha Campbell and practising French artist and author, Marie Jacotey.
McGhie’s work, Cling reflects the image of a mature mother as a monumental and enduring memory but one that is overshadowed by recollections of an empty interior. Her body’s cavernous structure and fleshy imperfections merge corporeal imagery with the decaying fabric of family home. Sadly, damp ceiling patches, dead flies and faded furnishings now mingle persistently with happier childhood recollections.
The BWA was established in 2008 by artist Jo Wonder and software entrepreneur Peter Blue as an internet platform to promote the work of British female artists practising in the field of fine art and regardless of their age or ethnicity.
by Miranda Charalambous
Front page image: Helen McGhie, Mouth, 2014. Photograph: Helen McGhie