A poster advertising the Change the Subject exhibition


Change the Subject! by Pauline Cooke is an exhibition of paintings, prints and textiles, exploring perceptions of the human body, when it is undergoing a period of change. The aim is to reveal, not how the body is viewed from a surface perspective by others, but how it is internally felt and understood. It has particular reference to women experiencing the menopause.

Pauline explains: “The main creative idea is to take the representation of women’s bodies in medical diagrams and relate this to the felt experience of inhabiting a body in which changes are taking place. The menopause, in particular, effects every part of a women’s body and can provoke a complete change in life style and personality. But it is also a subject regarded as distasteful, which women are expected to experience quietly and without fuss. I wanted to explore the physical and mental health changes experienced by women and to create a body of work which raises awareness and challenges accepted norms and taboo.“

This exhibition takes as its starting point the iconic medical diagram of the female reproductive system and other medical information relating to the female body throughout the life course with particular reference to ageing and the menopause.  These images are then subverted to show how the natural internal changes in the body and various medical procedures are experienced in subjective consciousness. Flat, fragmented images highlight the opposing intimacy and alienation involved in experiencing the body as it changes and grows older.

There will be refreshments and a chance to meet the artist at the launch event on Saturday 28th January 12-2pm.

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Change the Subject!

Type:Art Exhibition

Trapezium Art Gallery, 58 Kirkgate, Bradford, West Yorkshire, BD1 1QT

Opening Times

Season (28 Jan 2023 - 18 Feb 2023)
Tuesday - Saturday11:00 - 15:00

* Opening times are Tuesday, Friday, Saturday 11:00 - 15:00
Launch event: Saturday 28th January 12:00 - 14:00

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