Jane Brettle

Fahima, Katy, Clare : Newcastle, 1999 ; The Three Graces : Le Grazie, Antonio Canova, 1815 - 17 : the National Galleries of Scotland,... (2000)

About this artwork

By showing these Newcastle girls next to Antonio Canova's three graces, Jane Brettle wants to challenge our notions of femininity. We can't help asking a set of complementary questions: Is spotless marble more appealing than the skin of ordinary women? Do the perfect bodies of the graces have any character at all compared to the three girls whose strong individuality the photographer captures so well? How can three completely naked bodies say so little about women, and three casually dressed girls tell so much?

  • title: Fahima, Katy, Clare : Newcastle, 1999 ; The Three Graces : Le Grazie, Antonio Canova, 1815 - 17 : the National Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh 1999 from the series 'Restoration Works'
  • accession number: PGP 278.1
  • artist: Jane BrettleBritish
  • gallery: In Storage
  • object type: Photograph
  • date created: 2000
  • measurements: 88.00 x 204.00 cm (framed: 114.00 x 228.00 x 5.50 cm)
  • credit line: Purchased 2001
  • copyright: © JANE BRETTLE

Jane Brettle

Jane Brettle

Jane Brettle is an artist and associate senior lecturer in Contemporary Photographic Practice at Northumbria University in Newcastle. She studied fine art and photography in Bristol, Sunderland and Derby. In 1988 she co-established Photography Workshop and Portfolio Gallery in Edinburgh. A founding director of Fotofeis (the Scottish International Festival of Photography), she has established photography projects and artist's initiatives in various parts of Scotland. Her current work involves gallery and site-specific installations in which she contrasts the ideals of the past with the realities of the present.