- Black and white fibre-based print hand-printed on Agfa paper
- The Jim Barr and Mary Barr Gift, 2011
Christine Webster uses photography to explore ideas about gender, sexuality, representation and identity. Her carefully staged works subvert expectations about power and control. Here, a woman stands on a balcony with a bouquet of flowers. On paper, it’s a conventional romantic image that affirms traditional associations between femininity and beauty. These metal ‘tulips’, however, resemble a quiver of arrows, and the figure is deliberately androgynous, playing with our certainty about what we see. It’s a reminder that the female body – often linked, like flowers, with beauty and pleasure – is also a source of strength, and sometimes danger.
(Perilous: Unheard Stories from the Collection, 6 August 2022- )