My Bella: Maisie Broadhead Solo Exhibition

30 June - 20 August 2020
Overview

The series is comprised of two distinct bodies of work that are connected by the central figure of Bella, the artist’s sister and muse. Bella has appeared in Broadhead’s images since her very first experiments with photography at the Royal College of Art over ten years ago. Since then, Bella has appeared in many different guises yet she always embodies a sense of quietude, elegance and poise. The artist comments that, ‘the intimacy of our relationship means we communicate with ease and for me, Bella’s beauty is gentle and touching. I see myself in her, and more importantly, she has a quality of openness and stillness when I am looking at her, which points to a more general human condition.’

The Studio
 is a group of signature Old Masters style prints, in which Broadhead continues to explore the aesthetic of Vermeer as a conduit for illusion and the uncanny. She uses complex set design and costume to re-present historical elements alongside contemporary props. By doing so, her images link the past and present and identify enduring aesthetic and social narratives – such as family, the role of women, and the aura of the artist’s studio.

 

Rear Window, a set of five sculptural installation pieces, was specially commissioned for a major show at the UK’s National Glass Centre in 2019. Broadhead was inspired by her neighbour's discarded Victorian sash windows during their building works. The artist collected and hung them in her studio, spending many months with them before arriving at her final idea for the series, in which she creates the Hitchcockian rooms and worlds beyond the window frames. 

Ambiguity, a recurrent theme in Broadhead's work, lies at the heart of these images: ‘There is no easy narrative. As with real neighbours, in the glimpses we have into each other’s lives, knowledge is partial, obscured by our own preconceptions.’ (Annie Warburton, Through the Looking Glass: Caroline Broadhead and Maisie Broadhead, 2019).

Installation Views
Works
  • Maisie Broadhead Explorer (Large), 2020 Digital C-Type Print 90 H x 72 W cm. Print unframed Edition of 6
    Maisie Broadhead
    Explorer (Large), 2020
    Digital C-Type Print
    90 H x 72 W cm. Print unframed
    Edition of 6
  • Maisie Broadhead Musican (Large), 2020 Digital C-Type Print 90 H x 72 W cm. Print unframed Edition of 6
    Maisie Broadhead
    Musican (Large), 2020
    Digital C-Type Print
    90 H x 72 W cm. Print unframed
    Edition of 6
  • Maisie Broadhead Artist Sitting (Large), 2020 Digital C-Type Print 90 H x 72 W cm. Print unframed Edition of 6
    Maisie Broadhead
    Artist Sitting (Large), 2020
    Digital C-Type Print
    90 H x 72 W cm. Print unframed
    Edition of 6
  • Maisie Broadhead Artist Standing (Large), 2020 Digital C-Type Print 90 H x 72 W cm. Print unframed Edition of 6
    Maisie Broadhead
    Artist Standing (Large), 2020
    Digital C-Type Print
    90 H x 72 W cm. Print unframed
    Edition of 6
  • Maisie Broadhead White Coat (Large), 2020 Digital C-Type 90 H x 72 W cm. Print unframed Edition of 6
    Maisie Broadhead
    White Coat (Large), 2020
    Digital C-Type
    90 H x 72 W cm. Print unframed
    Edition of 6
  • Maisie Broadhead Rear Window (Bedroom with Bird), 2020 Digital C-Type Print inside reclaimed Victorian sash window with glass 190 H x 88 W x 15 D cm Edition of 5 plus 2 artist's proofs
    Maisie Broadhead
    Rear Window (Bedroom with Bird), 2020
    Digital C-Type Print inside reclaimed Victorian sash window with glass
    190 H x 88 W x 15 D cm
    Edition of 5 plus 2 artist's proofs
  • Maisie Broadhead Rear Window (Bedroom), 2020 Digital C-Type Print inside reclaimed Victorian sash window with glass 190 H x 88 W x 15 D cm Edition of 5 plus 2 artist's proofs
    Maisie Broadhead
    Rear Window (Bedroom), 2020
    Digital C-Type Print inside reclaimed Victorian sash window with glass
    190 H x 88 W x 15 D cm
    Edition of 5 plus 2 artist's proofs
  • Maisie Broadhead Rear Window (Corridor), 2020 Digital C-Type Print inside reclaimed Victorian sash window with glass 170 H x 52 W x 15 D cm Edition of 5 plus 2 artist's proofs
    Maisie Broadhead
    Rear Window (Corridor), 2020
    Digital C-Type Print inside reclaimed Victorian sash window with glass
    170 H x 52 W x 15 D cm
    Edition of 5 plus 2 artist's proofs
  • Maisie Broadhead Rear Window (Dinner), 2020 Digital C-Type Print inside reclaimed Victorian sash window with glass 160 H x 97 W x 15 D cm Edition of 5 plus 2 artist's proofs
    Maisie Broadhead
    Rear Window (Dinner), 2020
    Digital C-Type Print inside reclaimed Victorian sash window with glass
    160 H x 97 W x 15 D cm
    Edition of 5 plus 2 artist's proofs
  • Maisie Broadhead Rear Window (Kitchen), 2019 Digital C-type, reclaimed Victorian sash window 140 x 89 x 15 cm Edition of 5 plus 2 artist's proofs
    Maisie Broadhead
    Rear Window (Kitchen), 2019
    Digital C-type, reclaimed Victorian sash window
    140 x 89 x 15 cm
    Edition of 5 plus 2 artist's proofs