Mary Jane Ansell's Women Soldiers
With a love of intriguing storytelling and capturing a contained yet dramatic moment, Mary Jane Ansell's work draws from a multitude of inspirations, her sitters become characters imbued with a narrative that Ansell believes unfolds in collaboration as she works with them, sometimes autobiographical, drawing memories from childhood or her response to the current complexities of politics and gender issues, also drawing from the language of classic portraiture to the world of high fashion and with a appreciation for a refined technique that evokes the past but with a resolutely modern point of view.
After 25 years of living by the sea in Brighton, UK, she and her partner, Richard, a musician, have recently moved to the dramatic scenery and seclusion of the Welsh Borders, near Snowdonia. A region rich in ancient legends and inspiration.
Here is a selection of her works on women and war.
CITATIONS6 months before
Jordan, the shocking title of Complete – Lyrics and Translation
MUSIC5 months before
Album of the week: Celebrity Skin – Hole
PHOTOGRAPHY6 months before
Marylin Monroe through the eyes of photographer Eve Arnold
SHOPPING6 months before
Kotai, Japanese sharpness and Western robustness
PHOTOGRAPHY4 months before
Versailles dressed in red and blue by Aishy
Illustration5 months before
The bewitching illustrations of Lhunatica
PHOTOGRAPHY5 months before
The Secret Life of Fruits and Vegetables by Maciek Jasik
Illustration6 months before
Pencil and ink drawings by Audrey Pol