‘Here and Now’
Each assemblage incorporates a handbag as a reflection of diverse cultural notions of ownership, individuality, agency and personal choice. These ubiquitous yet private vessels are conceptual time capsules representing interior and material worlds, emphasising content, composition and colour relating to patterns of behaviour, consumerism, desire, beauty and how a woman’s self worth is influenced by society’s pressure to conform. A handbag is often considered a statement, tied up with economic status, body image, sexuality, obsession, acceptance and….being a human.
Susan O’Doherty 2019
mixed media assemblages – 40 x 30 x 6cm