The Violet Exhibition is visual interpretation of a visceral reaction to Jennifer Chalklen’s experiences and observations of the female condition, and its full spectrum of emotion. It looks at the immanence within the female psyche, and how a pattern of expectation supporting these traits is perpetually being constructed for women, even in today’s modern world. Her stoic figures and faces appear to have become trapped behind glass, held captive by expectation, conjecture and the male gaze. However, Jennifer’s works remain overall optimistic in nature. She paints energy and love, as a force that is tangible to touch, or a visible ache in one’s eye, a tiny pinprick or a colourful visible life force.