Acrylic, graphite and coloured gesso on birch panel
Size (each): 8″ x 8″ x 1.6″
In my Nereids series of paintings, a tiny pair of luminous elven-like figures explore at my behest distant lands, seas and sky, the underworld and the tops of mountains; they are the agents of my empathetic imagination. The fifty Nereids of Greek mythology were gentle, unremarkable maidens who lived at the bottom of the sea. In my work they exemplify the humility needed to understand, to connect.
“Nereids Join La Danse” I, II, and III, with a nod to Henri Matisse in particular, celebrate artists of integrity great and small. They will be on display at the Isabel Bader Centre, Art and Media Lab, Queen’s University in Kingston, Canada (March 16-27) as part of the exhibit “The Politics of the Artist’s Footprint” https://www.facebook.com/events/125247775582098/
“I felt a shock of recognition last year after seeing two films (ironically, directed by men) that celebrate subversive feminism with the potential to save our polarized civilization. Elisa (The Shape of Water, image above) is a cleaner at a secret government laboratory during the Cold War who teaches sign language to an amphibian humanoid captured and tortured there. Louise (Alien) is a linguist enlisted by the U.S. Army to discover how to communicate with aliens who have arrived on Earth before tensions lead to global war. My art is about listening, compassion and humility – alternative vision, not alternative facts.”
The above is my Artist Statement to accompany the monotype Two Graces: Fleur, Fille which was my contribution to the 2018 group show of the Organization of Kingston Women Artists (OKWA) — https://okwa.org/events — continuing at the Tett Centre until November 4.