16th June 2010, 10:46am
Preeti's print in major exhibition of female artists' work
Etched Biographies by Preeti Sood A printmaking expert from the University of Lincoln will have her work displayed in a prestigious London exhibition featuring some of the country's most talented female artists.

Preeti Sood, a fellow in the Lincoln School of Art and Design, has had a piece accepted for inclusion in the Annual Open Exhibition of the Society of Women Artists (SWA). The exhibition takes place at The Mall Galleries, London, from 1-10 July and will be opened by the SWA's patron, HRH Princess Michael of Kent.

Preeti's work, an eight by six inch image called 'Etched Biographies', was produced using a picture of a married Indian couple. Preeti spotted the image on a torn poster advertising a matrimonial website which she found on a street in Leicester.

Preeti, who is originally from India, said: "This image resonated with me because I was swamped with echoes of my mother's voice pushing me to subscribe to these websites to find the most suitable groom for myself. The piece of work shows a stereotypical Asian married couple, but the motive is not to portray merely the married couple, but also to draw attention to the compromise, sacrifice and pressure which possibly lies behind their smiles."

She cropped the original image, then using laser cutting techniques, etched a series of layers to represent the "tectonic clashing" of Indian and British cultures when it comes to the issue of finding a partner.

"I'm very happy that my work has been selected for this exhibition," added Preeti. "In India, where I come from, it is still difficult for women artists. I have struggled to pursue this path because it is not a career where you benefit from the first day you start. Knowing that there is an organisation out there to support women artists is really important to me and being part of this exhibition is wonderful."

The Society of Women Artists was founded in 1855 at a time when it was considered too shocking for women artists to display their work in London. This year will mark be SWA's 149th Annual Open Exhibition. It will include a wide variety of mediums and styles, including paintings ranging from miniatures to large canvases, ceramics and sculptures, etchings and handmade prints.

The Society of Women Artists' 149th Annual Open Exhibition takes place at The Mall Galleries, London, SW1, from 1 - 10 July 2010. For more information visit www.society-women-artists.org.uk.
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