Primary Sources: 1981-84 (N.F.S.)

Having three children at this stage of my life [Tamsin & Emma Parmakis and Mark Waterlow], I was acutely aware of the' gendered issues 'of that time and needed to make work that was appropriate to my life choices.I believed strongly in the Jungian concept of the symbiosis of Creativity and Pro-creativity; it transpired also at this time that  Feminist inspired imagery  became influenced by motifs from early Minoan matriarchal civilizations.
 
The work was figurative, painterly and very large scale and expressionistic. Ironically these were working methods that were out of step with the preferred Feminist approach to art at this time of not using the medium of paint.I was up against another set of 'artistic restrictions'; [ I had found that responding purely to notions of Marxist ideology were overly masculine and hence also limiting].  I had exchanged one level of dogma for another; the work met with strong disapproval from women artists in Sheffield. I was considering the concept of  Plato's cave at that time, where the human condition was perceived as 'doomed' unless some kind of 'enlightenment ' emerged. At this time I saw my life as a mother and female  as governed by Patriarchal dogma that had to be overcome and renounced; however,the choice of figurative imagery was like a theater set where aspects of these notions were 'played out', and I considered this an advance, a moving forward, on the previous methods I had adopted.
Fortunately some of the main Galleries in Sheffield and Leeds  endorsed this work. And I had also seen large scale figuration in the 1984 British Art Show, which gave me a new level of confidence with working on this large scale and 'dramatic' imagery. I exhibited widely in both cities and ended with a purchase of two works from the Arts Council by 1987.I was also a Visual Arts Officer for the Yorkshire Arts in Leeds and included in a publication edited by Yvonne Deane in  ‘ No Limits – Women In The Arts’ [1988].

Tamsin Parmakis, Emma Parmakis [from 1974 marriage to G.E.Parmakis+Mark Waterlow Oil paint on paper 200cmx 300cm
Oil paint on paper 200cmx 300cm
Oil paint on paper 200cmx 300cm
Oil paint on paper 200cmx 300cmOil paint on paper 200cmx 300cm
Oil paint on paper 200cmx 300cm
Oil paint on paper 200cmx 300cm
Oil paint on paper 200cmx 300cm