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Femininity by Rhiannon Salisbury

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18 July 2021 to 1 August 2021

Femininity Noun [ U ] usually approving UK /ˌfem.əˈnɪn.ə.ti/ US /ˌfem.əˈnɪn.ə.t̬i/ - the fact or quality of having characteristics that are traditionally thought to be typical of or suitable for a woman.

Delphian Gallery are proud to announce femininity, a solo show by London-based painter Rhiannon Salisbury. She was the winner of the 2019 Delphian Open Call and they hosted her debut London solo exhibition Habitual Submission later that year. Rhiannon’s new body of work deals with the different faces of femininity that she perceives in the world around her today, and the restrictive and uncomfortable boundaries that are inflicted on people by cultural paradigms of gender.

The works have all been created with her signature approach of pouring and painting with melting surfaces and intuitive explorations. There is something unhealthy and viral about the appearance of the paint itself, which is mirrored both in the unhealthiness of the system that presents femininity to us in the way it does, as well as the viral nature of how images are now shared. The colour palette moves from pale and sickly-sweet pastels through to more violent and bloody pinks, reds, and purples which push further into the boundaries of abstraction.