Rose & Blue
3 November 1997 to 2 November 1998
St George’s Hospital
Fetal Medicine Unit
Lanesborough Wing, 4th Floor
Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm

Rose & Blue is an exhibition of three-dimensional work by nine women artists for the Fetal Medicine Unit.

Pink and blue are conventional colours used to differentiate and identify the gender of young babies. Using a wide range of materials and ways of making objects, the artists explore issues of identity and domesticity, with humour and imagination.

The artists are: Amanda Benson, Lubna Chowdhary, Françoise Dupré, Echolalia, Ruth Fownes- Walpole, Leila Galloway, Emma Hathaway, Margaret Proudfoot, Angela Wright

Rose & Blue is curated by Françoise Dupré in collaboration with Dr Yves Ville, Director of the Fetal Medicine Unit .

Amanda Benson

Les Roses. Mixed media 1997

Amanda Benson explores women’s work in an almost childlike display of domestic, repetitive activities and hand made objects. For Rose & Blue the artist has made light bulbs, cut out of tin and sewn together with wire. The light bulb symbolises domestic life and its chores that we often choose to forget or not to value.

Amanda Benson describes herself as a 34 year old practising English woman artist and the mother of a five year old half French boy. She studied at the North East London University and exhibits both in England and abroad. She lives and works in London as a free lance gallery educator.

Lubna Chowdhary

In Out. Plaster of Paris. 1997

In her work Lubna Chowdhary explores the relationship between the man made and the natural environments. For Rose & Blue the artist has used plaster to capture the sensuality and smooth physical perfection associated with babies. Made of two physically different parts but of the same material In Out leaves the viewer the redundant exercise of classifying each piece.

Lubna Chowdhary was born in Tanzania of Pakistani parentage. She came to England in 1970 and studied 3D Design at Manchester University and Ceramics at the Royal College of Art. She lives in East London, teaches part time at Tower Hamlets College and works as a free lance gallery educator.

Françoise Dupré

Rose & Blue. Mixed media. 1997

Colour Field 3. Mixed media. 1997

Les maisons hautes ( The high houses), les maisons carrées ( the square houses), La maison haute ( The high house). Monotypes. 1996

Françoise Dupré makes symbolic objects from displaced everyday objects, brushes, pan cleaners, rubber gloves. These objects intend to be interpretations of and responses to issues of domesticity and cultural stereotypes.

Born in France, Françoise Dupré came to London in 1974. She studied at Camberwell College of Art, Chelsea College of Art & Design and City University. In the early 80s she coordinated and co - curated Women’s Work exhibitions at the Brixton Art Gallery. She curated the previous exhibition Unfolding at the Fetal Medicine Unit, St George’s Hospital. She has curated two exhibitions for the London Borough of Camden Women in Focus Festival Off Centre (1997) and Touching Matters (1998). She currently lectures at University of Central England, Birmingham Institute of Fine Art and work as a free lance gallery educator.


Memento: Rose & Blue. Mixed media 1997

Scent by Echolalia. Mixed Media. 1997

Echolalia draws on materials, imagery and events associated with the rose and the rose garden. Her work is often ephemeral and utilises live elements, including sound, inspired by the literal meaning of her name ”the repetition of meaningless speech”.
Echolalia was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Until her first exhibition in London in 1995, she worked in relative isolation, setting up anonymous events entitled memorias. Subsequently she has created temporary public events and exhibitions. The spirit of her work lies in the fun of participation. Echolalia often gives her audience small presents as a memento of her work. For Rose & Blue Echolalia has created a special memento which can be purchased from her vending machine Memento: Rose & Blue

Ruth Fownes- Walpole

Wow ! Glass. 1997

Untitled. Mixed media 1996

Ruth Fownes- Walpole makes installations using light boxes of various shapes, sizes and materials to show photographs, abstracted images from the human body and plants. A frequent visitor to Kew Gardens she has observed and photographed subtle and ambiguous sexual forms. Her passion for photography and the capturing of life form has led to her current interest in medical micro photography where plants or the human body are revealed as obscure efflorescent cells of light. For Rose & Blue the artist created Wow ! a site specific work made of three sand blasted glass panels with images of chromosome spreads supplied by the Fetal Medicine Unit. Wow ! expresses the notion that men and women are intrinsically the same but different.

Ruth Fownes- Walpole graduated from East London University in 1992. She lives in Wandsworth and exhibits regularly. She is a self employed photographer and works as a production designer.

Leila Galloway

Hold. Mixed media. 1997

Leila Galloway’s work is concerned with the physical nature of sculpture and the dynamic tension between the apparent aesthetic sensibility of surfaces and the disguised forces within. Leila Galloway employs a variety of construction techniques, evoking child’s play. The artist hopes to bring her work alive and offer a rich perspective on the physical, the sensuous and the tactile.

Leila Galloway studied sculpture at Manchester University and the Slade School of Fine Art. She widely exhibits in Britain. In 1997 she was one of five women artists, commissioned by Saatchi & Saatchi to make work for the Virtual Gallery - Oil of Ulay Colour Collection TV Commercial on behalf of Proctor & Gamble. She lives and work in London.

Emma Hathaway

Untitled. Mixed media. 1997
Sponsors: Cannon Babysafe and Thorns

Who ‘s afraid of Janet and John? Mixed media. 1997

In her work, Emma Hathaway explores the notion of femininity and attempt to make sense of women’s position within Western culture. For Rose & Blue the artist created two wall installations which deal with the socialisation of babies and the construction of identity. With visual simplicity and appropriation of children literature, the artist comments on the ways in which our culture contribute to how children view themselves and the role they seek to embrace as adults.

Emma Hathaway graduated from Norwich School of Art and Design in 1994. She lives in Norwich and exhibits regularly on Britain. She works as a free lance lecturer.

Margaret Proudfoot

Avenue. Mixed media. 1997 (In two sections)

Building Blocks. Print on Acetate. 1997

Margaret Proudfoot works with plaster casts, using herself, her friends and family as
model and subject matter. Her work tells stories about identity and relationships and how literally we make impressions on each other. The artist uses positive and negative forms to represent presence, absence or people who are so close they almost occupy the same space (as they actually do during pregnancy). For Rose & Blue Margaret Proudfoot created Avenue which consists of two wall mounted and facing cabinets where casts of hands are displayed. They are fragments of family groups, each with a minimum of one parent and one child, with ages ranging from 3 to 61.They include the married, the single and the separated. Some are , as yet childless, some unable to have further children while others are considering more. Constructed from individual stories Avenue is intended to place the viewer inside a continuum, a universal family tree or forest.

Margaret Proudfoot lives in London. She trained at Camberwell College of Art and exhibits frequently in Britain. She is a visiting lecturer at Camberwell College of Art and Winchester School of Arts and does commission work.

Angela Wright

Reflections. Mixed media. 1997

Rose or Blue. Mixed media. 1997

Angela Wright ‘s work can be described as autobiographical. It confronts the emotions which arise through the failure to become a mother and in a wider context the sense of loss we all experience through broken dreams and connections. Reflection, her first site specific work, was created for Rose & Blue in response to and to transform the small window less Counselling Room of the Fetal medicine Unit. Angela Wright has given the room a new depth and spaciousness by changing the colour of the wall and installing a large collage of pieces of mirror glass, cut to squares and rectangles. Fitted together like a grid, the glass mirror pieces intend to give a strong sense of placing and order which is in turn disrupted by clay petals suspended and overlaying the work.

Angela Wright graduated at Camberwell School of Art in 1995. Since then she has frequently exhibited notably in the touring exhibition Angels and Mechanics which dealt with infertility / fertility.

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