Artist’s Inspiration: Tina Newlove

Sunset valley view. White text overlay reads Artist's Inspiration: Girl Power

We invited local artists to respond to the theme of Girl Power as part of our Wall of Art series, a quarterly juried art show produced in partnership with Guelph Arts Council. The submissions received were incredibly varied, as each artist brought a truly unique perspective to the theme. For this blog series, we asked the artists to explain the story that their piece tells.

Tina Newlove – Protest Girl

My latest paintings and collage works explore, from a female perspective, the robotic motions and thought patterns humans fall into when they are going about their day making decisions about their environment, living arrangements, relationships and politics.  My themes relate to the intersections of work and family, tradition and technology, alienation in modern society and the necessity of withdrawing into nature.  The phrase ‘mechanized biological impulses’ continues to pop into my head as I consider the interconnections of nature and politics, city life and country life.

Protest Girl is part of a series I have been working on featuring everyday female heroes; thinking, struggling, surviving and conquering the day.  The artwork is made with woven paper, a charcoal drawing, trim from my Grandmother’s sewing box and the hand-stitched sewn paper flag punctuating the underlying traditional theme of ‘Women’s work’.


Submission: Protest Girl

Medium: Collage

On display at Guelph Civic Museum

Posted by Sarah Ball on July 21, 2016

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