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 The theme of the female figure within the domestic interior has been a subject of contrasting ideas and perspectives. Artists have often portrayed women from a stereotypical feminine viewpoint, creating scenes of isolation and restriction that the female gender has been subjected to, due to the social and cultural construction of gender roles. These have been works most often made by male artists and therefore did not show the reality of the character’s personal life but much more the idealised view, where the woman is being surveyed. This is in contrast to the more contemporary approach, in representing women as individual characters in isolated settings. It is necessary in noting that the private life does reflect on the life in society as a whole and how this feeling of constantly being watched has increasingly become an concern in contemporary practice.This contemporary approach, not only challenges “the male gaze” of past paintings, that feature women being watched by men, but also the modern society, in which it seems that there is an intimate following of other’s lives based on small glimpses and false representations. It is certain that people are intrigued by the life of others and the constant comparisons that have become part of the everyday. The painters reflect this obsession by focusing on the lives of others, that we are not part of.Caroline Walker, a modern painter that is seemingly influenced by artists like Hopper, creates work that is a much more accurate representation of women in their daily lives. All pieces show evidence of a narrative through the use of cinematic composition and inferred movement in the brushstrokes. The work suggests that the women use their homes as a place of comfort and freedom rather than what it would have been perceived as in the past which was a place of lack of freedom due to the restrictions that were placed on them in society. Rather than demonstrating that she is the voyeur of the situation, she creates the sense that we as the viewers are voyeurs and therefore feel a sense of intrusion on an intimatemoment.Her approach of capturing this sense of voyeurism is achieved by her thought through composition, colour and lighting in the paintings. Her use of the cool blue in her paintings with the contrasting warmer orange tones creates the feeling that it is night time and infers a certain amount of comfort as well as fear. In several pieces of her work she emphasises this isolation and privacy by only capturing one person in a larger sectioned space. This is similar to the work of Hopper, who effectively used angles to section off the women in the space they were in.The work rests within the historical context of the female subject