Sisterhood explores the artist’s interest in early feminist literature. Her new series of portrait/landscape paintings and installations examines the theme of relationships and raises questions about identity, the self and takes as a starting point the Pre-Raphaelist Brotherhood (PRB). The group, funded in 1848 –the same year taken place the most widespread revolutionary wave in European history- called itself a reform movement intended to restore the spiritual integrity of arts and society.
In this crusade, mythical female characters appear as the ideal subject matter. Surrounded always by intricate intriguing landscapes and decorative elements alluding to the Classical era, these beautiful women emerge overpowered by an aura of lassitude and self-effacement that echoes the so extended “safely dead” image identified with femininity at the epoch.
Employing a wide range of media, such as photography and painting, assembling these with fabrics, buttons, jewelry, porcelain, and resin on wood, Surel’s multifaceted work asks us to look within, to investigate and challenge our views of ourselves, the various roles or characters we play.