By Andrea Arnold, MFA Fine Art at Wimbledon College of Arts
‘One of the things that came from my involvement with feminism in the seventies was a very strong belief that my sensibility is determined by the fact of my being a woman, but that I don’t want to talk about women’s issues through my work. My work is informed by cultural and social conditioning, but not explicitly.’ – Rose Finn-Kelcey, 1990[i]
Today (12 September 2017) I got on the Bakerloo line and there was one seat free. It was between two largish men, one of whom had chosen to dispose himself so that only a skinny person could slide in. As I slid in, I made a decision. I sat back with my shoulders open, holding my book so that my elbows were loose at my sides and my legs in line with my shoulders. I simply relaxed into occupying the amount of space that my mass justifies.