Femme Maison by Tinsel Edwards Private View Friday 26th August (6-8pm)

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Where: Subversion Gallery, Glasgow

When:  Friday 26th August 2022 6-8pm


  • You will be emailed an invite to this event. Please note, you will not receive a physical postal invite, so please do check your JUNK mail!
  • Each ticket is valid for 2 guests. You don’t need a ticket for children.
  • Accompanied children are welcome at this event

About The Event:

Tinsel Edwards will present a collection of paintings inspired by her everyday observations of domestic environment and routines. The exhibition title refers to a series of drawings and paintings made by Louise Bourgeois in 1946-47 called ‘Femme Maison’. The literal translation of this phrase from the French is ‘woman house’.

‘Femme Maison’ is a body of work filled with narrative and emotion, pure enjoyment of the medium of paint and an urgent curiosity to explore its endless possibilities.

Cereal boxes, pieces of food packaging, clothes and baby grows are used as surfaces in this collection of bold, bright and playful paintings. There is a diverse approach to the application of the paint, which is rooted in a variety of art historical traditions. One takes inspiration from folk art, while another experiments with the Renaissance tradition of egg tempera. There are deliberate references to specific female artists such as Louise Bourgeois, Sarah Lucas, Frida Kahlo and Leonor Fini. For Tinsel this is a way of channelling the strength and energy of these inspirational women, their art and their stories.

Tinsel: “For me the domestic space became a sanctuary away from the political turmoil we have all witnessed unfolding in the last few years. These paintings are a celebration of the overlooked details and rituals that underpin our lives. Objects associated with the domestic environment are also connected to my experience of motherhood, and a conflict of feelings and emotion as both an artist and a mum. These feelings became accentuated during the lockdowns, and I began to think about my own frustration not just as personal but as a response to the systemic pressures on women. The lack of value or status given to caring responsibilities and the cultural expectation that women take on a larger share of unpaid labour in the home.”

In 2021 Tinsel was a recipient of The Visual Artist and Craft Makers Awards (VACMA) delivered by Creative Scotland and Glasgow Life. The grant was used to develop new work for the Femme Maison exhibition. 10% of all sales from the exhibition will be donated to the Disasters Emergency Committee Ukraine Appeal.