|Lee Green Open Studios 2023
Jenny Thornley - Sculptures
My sculptures are about the effects of aging on women. They explore my perceptions of decay and damage to the inside and outside of my own body.
My aim is to confront the issue of decay and challenge the negative associations that society heaps on women with grey hair, wrinkles and bulges. I am especially interested in exploring ways to attack the cultural pressures on women to maintain their looks by making sculptures of aging women's insides. These have never been associated with youthful beauty.
My scuptures also attempt to convey the idea that aging, while distressing, does not mean the end of ambition. Not does it exclude the display of vibrancy and sexuality.
Sometimes my sculptures are humorous, sometimes they are dark and unsettling. The colours used are mostly bright reds, pinks and oranges and the materials are fragile and prone to decay such as foam, rubber sheeting and papier mache.