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"Through contrasting the use of ink and carbon I examine the dualities that exist within historical representations of women. Placing ornamental armour, weaponry and foliage as delicate protection, I highlight the smooth hardness of flesh, similar to classical marble sculptures. Using dramatic figures and events from history, I create portraits that display the beautiful violence surrounding feminine sexuality. With these works I praise woman as the warrior, the martyr, the murderer and the healer, all at once."

These large-scale carbon and ink drawings on paper were completed in a shared studio in Florence, Italy as a part of OCADU's Off Campus Study from 2012-13. Photographed by Jill McCrie