BACK LANE WEST is a non-profit, artist led, residency, project, and meeting space in Redruth, Cornwall. Its aims are to support and encourage critically engaged contemporary art practice and artists' professional development, while contributing to the growth of a regionally, nationally and internationally connected, open cultural community and network in the South West.

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Daisy Pooley-Tolkien

In the current climate of the questioning of genderised power structures and female experience, Daisy considers the taboos around discussing female bodies, health and reproductive experience.

Daisy Pooley-Tolkien's practice focuses on the conversations that are only starting to come to the forefront, the conversations that women are even nervous to discuss with themselves let alone their peers. She uses her position as an artist to create a space of catharsis, encouraging women to band together and teach each other the confidence to question the supposed 'normalities' experienced throughout female health. Through the meditative use of embroidery and discussion, it is hoped that women will discover new support systems alongside a realisation of liberty from the dialogue shared between old and new friends.
Daisy's practice falls within the overlapping territories of High Art, Craft and Social Engagement. It is the collaborative result of each session that she chooses to share with the viewer, involving them too within the discourse of women's health and the relationship felt towards it.

In the two weeks that she will be based at Back Lane West, she hopes the space will encourage a new demographic of women to come and be involved in the gynaecological discourse. Hoping to collaborate with various women in Cornwall and the surrounding town of Redruth, Daisy invites all women to come and record tales of joy and woe as well as embroider certain things they may not feel comfortable to share out-loud, encouraging a new confidence in their relationship with their own bodies and to discuss the subject as to become a norm.