23/02/2019 11:00 - 23/02/2019 17:00
solo exhibition: 'The Girl & the Nettle' by artist Niina Lehtonen Braun at Paper gallery
The works are populated by an assortment of female characters: the recluse, the mother, the nurturer, the carer, the mistress, all deeply engrossed in their task and consumed in their very existence. Yet there is a moment of confusion: these beautiful women are confronted with anxiety and self doubt.
The exhibition focuses on the different roles of women. In one work, a lady, naked and alone in bed, sips champagne whilst watching Fellini's Roma (1972) on a portable television. Surrounding her is a wash of maudlin hues, and at the centre of which, a black balloon floats menacingly above her head; almost a reversal of Lamorisse’s The Red Balloon (1956), extinguishing all hope. Pain and beauty are themes that run throughout Lehtonen Braun's art.
Exhibition ends 6th April