The women in Flannigan’s Femme Fatalesare portraits created from the artist's imagination. Rather than depicting individuals, they represent toxic stereotypes of women and each portrait is named after a poisonous plant: belladonna (commonly known as deadly nightshade), foxglove, scarlet pimpernel, anemone and lily.
Flannigan’s work is often dark and ironic, and draws on the past to represent fictional women in a modern context. She challenges the way in which woman have traditionally been represented in art – often nude, from a male viewpoint, and for a male audience. In Flannigan’s portraitsthe costumes form a key part of each woman’s identity, revealing the influence of film, fashion and popular culture on her work.
“I would say that I am very consciously trying to challenge stereotypes of female representation in painting.”
Moyna Flannigan, 2014, speaking about her work for GENERATION: 25 Years of Contemporary Art in Scotland.
Although primarily training as a painter, Flannigan has also explored printmaking in her early career in the late 80's and early 90's, working predominately in stone lithography. In 2000, she was invited by Edinburgh Printmakers to work with Alastair Clark to create a series ofworksexploring new imagery in her artistic practice. This series of 5 lithographs were produced and published by Edinburgh Printmakers in signed limited editions.
Moyna Flannigan was born in 1963 and lives and works in Edinburgh. She studied at Edinburgh College of Art and went on to complete a Masters in Fine Art at Yale University School of Art, Connecticut in 1987. Flannigan was the Scottish Arts Council Scholar at the British School at Rome, and was shortlisted for the NatWest Art Prize in 1999. She has exhibited in the United States and throughout Europe in numerous solo and group exhibitions, including CCA Glasgow, Galerie Akinci, Amsterdam, Sara Meltzer Gallery, New York and the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh.