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‘A shrewd and loving observer of domestic life.’ Maeve Gilmore in her studio in Maida Vale, London, 1939. Photograph: Maeve Gilmore Estate
‘A śrūd n luvñ obzrvr v dmestic lîf.’ Mev Gilmor in hr stydio in Mêda Vel, Lundn, 1939. Foṭgraf: Mev Gilmor Istet

Ɖ Gardịn vy on Mev Gilmor’z art: ǎt fṛm ɖ śadoz

(Transcription of an editorial published in the Guardian on Sunday 15 May 2022)

Clīśez abt ɖ tol v domestiṣti on crịtivti unḍmain ɖ aćivmnts v ɖs briłnt wmn – n uɖrz lîc hr

Súnde, 15 Me 2022

Ʈrti-nîn yirz aftr hr deʈ, ɖ artist Mev Gilmor z fîṇli hvñ hr frst insttyśnl solo śo. A dsple v 20 pentñz, s’lectd in conslteśn wɖ hr faṃli n on śo at Stydio Voltaire in Lundn, rvil hr t b a śrūd n luvñ obzrvr v dmestic lîf, hu tc ptiklr dlît in ɖ plêflnis v hr ćildṛn az ɖe lost ɖmslvz in jímnastic stunts or in gemz v dresñ-up n cat’s credl.

Gilmor wz a pentr, raitr n iḷstretr huz rli promis in ɖ 1930z wz dsruptd frst bî wor n ɖen bî marij t Mrvin Pìc, oʈr v ɖ Gorṃngast triḷji v novlz, huz c’rir ś pt slflisli bfr hr ǒn. Ś dd nt śrinc fṛm dpictñ ɖ darcr sîd v ɖ mtrnl lot, most strîcñli in a picćr v a smōl bô clw̃ fr atnśn at hiz muɖr’z scrts ẃl ś, bér-brestd, holdz a flǎr ǎt v hiz rīć. Ɖ śado v ɖ flǎr fōlz on ɖ wōl bhnd hr lîc ɖ siluét v an ax.

Bt hrz z nt a stori v Siril Coṇli’z “pram in ɖ hōl” – v crịtivti sacṛfîst t ɖ dmandz v peṛnthd. Nr z it a têl v suḟceśn bî ɖ īgo v a monstṛs artisthuzbnd, az tld in Śarlót Mndlsn’z novl Ɖ X’biṣ́nist. It z mor nuanst ɖn ɖt. Gilmor me nt hv hd, or psyd, a public platform, bt hr artistic drîv rmend – nt līst in ɖ ḿṛlz on ɖ wōlz v hr Lundn hom, ẃć hv sadli nǎ bn lost t ɖ decṛtiv test v subsiqnt ǒnrz.

Ɖ wrcs in ɖ śo r ǒnd bî membrz v hr faṃli undr ɖ manijmnt v hr istet. Ɖe r nt fr seil. Gilmor b’loñz in ɖ cumṗni v wimin hu dzrv rspct fr ɖer arṭstri, nt piti fr ɖer dis’dvantjz. Wimin lîc hr ǒn dōtr-in-lw, Filida Barlo, hu marid wn v ɖ smōl sunz reğlrli fīćrd in Gilmor’z pentñz, ɖ artist Febịn Pìc. Fr decedz Barlo cmbînd tīćñ n muɖrhd wɖ bildñ p a wel-rgardd bodi v wrc, īvn ɖo ś onli faund wîd aclem in hr 60z.

Ɖr r mni mor sć s’xeștoriz on ɖ wōlz v ɖ Têt Modn, az part v ɖ cuṛnt Sriylizm Bynd Bordrz xbiśn. Tū v ɖm, Lịnora Carñtn n Remedios Varo, wr frendz hu set p a smōl, fīmel sriylist sél in Mx̣co Siti, ẃr ɖe plêḟli mrjd art n lîf, srvñ ɖer unsspctñ frendz omḷts md wɖ hymn her, n “caviar” v ñc-dáid tapioca, az Joana Murhed rcordd in a rīsnt bîogṛfi v Carñtn. Ɖ Brlin-born artist Méret Oppenheim (a glẹrñ omiśn fṛm ɖ Têt śo) parleid a cnvivịl P’rizịn lunć wɖ Pablo Picasso n Dora Maar intu a fŕ-cuvrd cup n sōspn.

Ɖ Americn sriylist Doṛʈīa Tanñ wns dclerd ɖt ɖr wz no sć ʈñ az wimin artists. “It’s jst az mć a contṛdix́n in trmz az ‘man artist’ or ‘elifnt artist’,” ś sd. “Y me b a wmn n y me b an artist, bt ɖ wn z a gvn n ɖ uɖr z y.” For decedz aftr hr deʈ, Mev Gilmor z an artist.

Instroduction to Ñspel

16/05/2022

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