The main focus of my research is the artistic and visual culture of the domestic interior in mid-nineteenth- to early twentieth-century France and I have published a number of articles in this field. An essay on the visual culture of the bedroom was recently published in the collection G. Downey (ed.), Domestic Interiors: Representing Homes from the Victorians to the Moderns.
I am in the process of completing a book examining domesticity and the interior in relation to the work of French Symbolist artist Edouard Vuillard, Edouard Vuillard: Art and the Politics of Domesticity at the end of the Nineteenth Century. This will constitute the first book-length feminist engagement with Vuillard and Intimisme more generally.
I am also planning a book on the interior as a pictorial motif in French art and visual culture 1850-1950, The Shared Art of the Interior. As co-investigator on the AHRC funded (£282,000) collaborative research project ‘Suburban Birmingham: Spaces and Places 1880-1960’ (participating institutions are University of Birmingham, Birmingham Archives and Heritage and Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery) I published the online essay, ‘Homes on Show: Bournville Village Trust, Feminine Agency and the Performance of Suburban Domesticities’, http://www.suburbanbirmingham.org.uk/spaces/bournville-essay.htm
An edited collection concerning current issues in feminist art history (ed. with Jo Applin & Harriet Riches), Bodies of Work: The Matter of Feminism Now, is under consideration with an academic press.