Alfreda McHale has evolved a body of work that has warmth and humanity rarely seen in contemporary art.
She amplifies recognizable domestic details to expose their iconic status: from giant knitting needles, to a hundred thousand seashells, from kitchen cutlery, to a feast of gleaming buttons.
Despite the presiding and powerful femininity inherent in her work, this is no feminist polemic. Rather, her art radiates a great love of men, of fathers, of sons, of brothers. It celebrates the magic and mystery of gender difference that is at the core of a life depicted.