by Glenys Barton
ceramic sculpture, 1993
15 3/4 in. (400 mm) high
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- Glenda May Jackson (1936-), Actress and politician; MP for Hampstead & Kilburn. Sitter in 12 portraits.
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Glenys Barton, a sculptor in ceramic, has herself written of this piece: 'The double portrait depicts the actress and the politician. My most vivid memory of Glenda in the sixties was as Gudrun in Women in Love. As a romantic would-be young artist I identified with the character of Gudrun, a sculptor herself, in the film. From then on I was always interested in Glenda's career and, inclined towards the left politically myself, was even more impressed when she became a Labour MP.' The two heads of Jackson, the younger as Gudrun Brangwen in Women in Love, are an effective way of conveying the contrast between public and private and between the actress and the politician.
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Current affairsThe Conservative Party is attacked in the media for 'sleaze'. Two MP's resign over sex scandals, two over the 'cash-for-questions affair', and one dies in bizarre and embarrassing circumstances. Journalist Max Clifford was responsible for exposing many of the scandals.
Black teenager Stephen Lawrence is murdered in a racist attack by a gang of white youths.
Art and scienceRachel Whiteread wins the Turner Prize for her sculpture House; a concrete cast of the inside of a Victorian terraced house in East London. Controversy was caused by the work itself, by it winning the Turner Prize, and by the decision of Tower Hamlets council to demolish the sculpture.
British inventor James Dyson revolutionises the vacuum cleaner with his eponymous design.