This collection of new works includes a series of photographs entitled Broadhead’s Women; a collection of studies portraying three generations of women from the artist’s immediate family. Broadhead’s Women reinterprets the recognisable compositional styles of two historical painters – Johannes Vermeer and Vilhelm Hammershøi – and highlights their similar obsession of repeating the narrative of women situated within quiet domestic interiors. By using the visual format of these iconic artists, while making subtle changes, Broadhead offers intimate and timeless portraits of femininity.
In other new works, Broadhead focuses her attention even more acutely on herself with a series of self-portraits. Here, she continues her playful exploration of weaving together the two-dimensional image with sculptural and three-dimensional elements. The self-portrait’s classical reference points are evident and recognisable, but new illusions and ‘tricks-of-the-eye’ underline the artist’s self-reflection at a time of early motherhood and torn commitments.
Hans Stofer, Professor & Head of Goldsmithing, Silversmithing, Metalwork and Jewellery at the Royal College of Art, London, comments on Broadhead’s creativity: “All art is a fragment or out of focus. It is not the purpose of a work of art to provide neat solutions but to act as a catalyst for our imagination. Maisie Broadhead’s work is like the window through which we peer and that mists up with ambiguity. It is this ambiguity that forces us to look closer and by doing so our own stories begin to unfold. Once we allow ourselves to trespass and scrutinize this other private space and allow our imagination to roam then the intangible becomes real – for each of us – on our own terms.”