Annabelle Jordan was born in Hong Kong and raised in London, where she is now based after earning her MA in History of Art at the University of Edinburgh.
With techniques including needlework, drawing and painting, her tactile work firmly transcends the boundaries of what is considered conventionally beautiful, especially within the tradition of feminist discourse. By re-appropriating conventional textile techniques or ‘women’s work’, Annabelle’s work resonates with the feminist tenets of the ‘body politics’/’the personal is the political’ – the fight against objectification of the female body.
Similarly, whilst her work is a celebration of the human form, Annabelle often removes the identity of her figures so that the viewer becomes voyeur – a challenge to the ‘male gaze’. In her depictions of the human form, Jordan asks her viewer to confront and tackle the boundaries of what is considered conventionally beautiful – the feminine ideal being “the socially constructed notion that physical attractiveness is one of women’s most important assets, and something all women should strive to achieve and maintain.”