2017
ANNIE SHELLEY 

ARTIST STATEMENT

My love of tonal drawing and portraiture underlies this body of work which draws from my research into old nineteenth-century Orientalist photographs and paintings. I have used charcoal, pencil, tone and scale to look at the world through the eyes of European women who travelled to the Middle East in the mid to late nineteenth century.

Some of the drawings reference the fascination the West had for the hidden interiors of harems, while others are based on Orientalist portraiture. Some drawings depict the children who were often adopted into travellers’ households when they stayed and took up residence in the East. My hope with these works is that they bring a largely forgotten time and place into the present and provoke a sense of the West’s former romanticised imagining of the East.

Cairo SERIES

(all dimensions are as unframed, in cm and width x height)

Annie Shelley drawings Cairo series
Habiba
charcoal and graphite on paper
70 x 100
Annie Shelley drawings Cairo series
Tobi
charcoal and graphite on paper
60 x 118

Annie Shelley drawings Cairo series
Alexandrine
charcoal and graphite on paper
100 x 70 

Annie Shelley drawings Cairo series
Jasminah
charcoal and graphite on paper
70 x 100
Annie Shelley drawings Cairo series
Elisheba
charcoal and graphite on paper
40 x 75
Annie Shelley drawings Cairo series
Fatima
charcoal and graphite on paper
60 x 118
Annie Shelley drawings Cairo series
Henriette
charcoal and graphite on paper
40 x 75
Annie Shelley drawings Cairo series
Hamando
charcoal and graphite on paper
60 x 118
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