Coloured gesso, acrylic, graphite, ink on canvas (2022)
Size: w 14″ x h 20″ x d 1.5″
“Przewalski’s horse” is the only truly wild horse in existence. Other horses thought of as wild are in fact feral, according to The Smithsonian. For many years it was extinct in the wild, surviving only in zoos and field stations; its population was at long last successfully reintroduced in the 1990s to its native Mongolia where it is regarded as holy and known as the takhi (meaning spirit, worthy of worship). I picture the takhi roaming from room to room in Palladio’s Villa Poiana, lost between heaven and earth. The image arose from the confluence of two dreams I had 15 years apart, the most recent just a few weeks ago.
This painting is of two small earthenware creatures (A.D. 9-23) excavated in 1978 from a tomb in Shaanxi Province, China. Because of their poses, they are assumed to be guardians to protect the deceased from demons; to me they appear to be mourning the death. Between them I imagine a bright ribbon, the passing show that is life.
An inkjet print of this painting, mounted on birch panel and hand-finished with acrylic, is currently on display to the end of the month at the Art Noise Gallery in Kingston as part of the annual Show of Smalls (https://www.artnoise.ca/store/c22/NANCY_PAUL.html).
Inkjet and acrylic. Enhanced photo print hand finished, mounted on painted birch panel.
From an Ektachrome transparency double exposure (Toronto, 1975).
This piece is one of several (17) of mine now on exhibit as part of the annual Show of Smalls, Art Noise Kingston Ontario (https://www.artnoise.ca/store/c22/NANCY_PAUL.html) involving 25+ artists. I took this slide as a student at the Ontario College of Art (now OCAD); this is the first time I have reproduced the image for show/sale.