‘Spear Heads’ is a sculptural installation consisting of many spears, with each one representing a strong female figure. They stand together as a symbol of our female warriors celebrating the power in women, through the body of spear-like totems, from all backgrounds. Here we have the minister that legalised same-sex marriage; Lynne Featherstone, the Physicist Marie Curie, he artist's grandmother, Pamela Bliss, the artist's sister; Amy William's, and the fashion designer and activist Vivienne Westwood.
Each spear has symbols which relate to the qualities and achievements of the individual. The 'decoration' makes the weapon redundant, as it would be a clumsy tool to use and instead stands as a symbol of peace. However, their totem like form, and empowering height of 7ft, highlights how the strength and power in women can be married with their intrinsic femininity. In our modern world the two can stand strong in unison devoid of the traditional stereotypes of what a woman is or who they should be.
'Spear Heads' was commissioned by Elle Magazine for their feminist campaign in December 2016.
Spear Heads, Mixed Media, 15 x 15 x 218cm, 2016.