Women are the focus of a new exhibition to come to Gunnedah's Bicentennial Creative Arts Gallery next week.
Divine Voyeurism seeks to empower women through artful subversion of traditional representations of femininity.
It's a collaboration between artists Cat Long and Abby Jerrett, who originally hail from Gunnedah. Long and Jerrett's interdisciplinary body of work challenges over-sexualised representations of the female body.
The two artists shift the male gaze of performative femininity to a more honest portrayal of womanhood and the female experience.
Jerrett's work appropriates religious iconography taking inspiration from stained glass windows to challenge constraining aspects of spirituality. Using the traditional craft medium of embroidery, Jerrett's textile pieces pay homage to her female predecessors whose expression was repressed by patriarchal values informing the art world.
Meanwhile, playing with the balance between positive and negative space allows Long to traverse the curves of the female body using stippling, a technical process that begins and ends with a dot. Through the arrangement and repetition of thousands of these marks, each piece is a collection that celebrates women and their unique strengths.
Gunnedah Shire Council's cultural precinct team leader Lauren Mackley said she was looking forward to this innovative exhibition.
"This is an inspired and provocative exhibition. It's wonderful to see such a diverse range of works coming to a regional gallery," Ms Mackley said.
"I really encourage everyone to come along and take a look."
The exhibition opens at 6pm Friday, March 20 and continues until Friday, April 24.