Ar’n’t I a Woman!

Karen McLean, Woven Bodies 1, (detail), 2020, mixed media, 548 x 630 cm.  Courtesy the artist and Block 336.

Karen McLean
Ar’n’t I a Woman!

Floor 4
18 February – 5 June 2022


PREVIEW: Thursday 17 February, 6-8pm

Ar’n’t I a Woman! is an exhibition of commissioned work by Birmingham-based Trinidadian artist Karen McLean. Through her artistic practice, she has consistently researched and referenced her Caribbean upbringing and heritage in evocative sculptural installations concerned with issues of identity, ‘home’ and post-colonial cultures. This exhibition reveals Karen’s ongoing interest in the history, folklore and material cultures of Caribbean colonial history and its close relationship with slavery. Her ongoing interest in the roles of women within these histories is evident as she draws on a long tradition of gendered activities such as weaving, stitching and the dying of fabrics.  Her powerful and complex works explore the symbolic and historic weight of materials and interrogates their relationship to British colonial legacies. 

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Also available to view;

Keith Piper
Jet Black Futures

Floor 3     Opening Tuesday – Saturday 10am-5pm  |  Sundays 12noon-4pm
Closed Mondays and Bank Holidays

The New Art Gallery Walsall, Gallery Square, Walsall  WS2 8LG
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