Roxana Halls

Eye Candy. Limited Edition print. 2017

Frequently employing dark glamour and a wry deliberate humour, her paintings, depicting female impropriety, work within the tradition of feminist art to offer a riposte to self-censure. Drawn to investigate the meaning of cultural trends she invites the viewer to reflect on the ways in which gender, class, sexuality and spectatorship slyly intersect to circumscribe the repertoire of legitimate actions available to women.

While sceptical of straightforward narratives of empowerment, the paintings depict the differences between private and public selves, as well as the adoption of protective guises as a form of subterfuge, often discomfortingly at odds with the inner self.