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Janice McNab will defend The Ghost Artist on December 13, at 13.00, in the Aula of the University.  The Ghost Artist proposes an alternative history of women’s art practice in which spectral embodiment replaces naturalistic body portrayal.

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Date 13 December 2019
Time 13:00
Janice McNab The Ghost Artist

In work by three artists, across three centuries, Self portrayal is traced as it aesthetically resists unified body imagery and its inherently objectifying surface values. In work by Louise Bourgeois, Hilma af Klint, and Anon., the experiencing body is traced as it folds out of serial works, and coalesces on the edge of visibility. McNab’s own paintings wordlessly haunt this analysis, interjecting aesthetic connections with both the main thesis, and a literally marginalised fictional tale of a middle-aged woman artist negotiating her life.