Socially constructed expectations of femininity throughout history are butted up against the local modern day woman. Prickly Woman emerges as a creature not quite of this time and place, caught between the stereotypes from the mundanely domestic to the decadent.
This work is an exploration and introductory chapter to a larger narrative of women’s reality of health (physical, spiritual, financial), ageing, caring and responsibility. Personal local experiences are woven with research from the Rosamond McCulloch Paris Studio Residency 2018 (UTAS).
Laura Purcell interweaves sculpture, puppetry and performance to share stories of entrapment, transformation and release, on women and the non-human, in digital and environmental spaces. Sculpture comes from her desire to build architecture for the body which becomes an extension of the body. The sculpture; puppet, object or costume, can provide multiple narrative structures within her performance and exhibition work. The sculpture is conceptually and aesthetically influenced by its surrounding environment. It is always intended to live in a performance and site of significance.
Image: Laura Purcell, Prickly Woman study – 2019, digital illustration