, Red, red heart

Red, red heart


France

Painting
Size: 78.7 H x 68.9 W x 2.4 in

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Art Description

Painting: Oil on Canvas and Wood.

Size: 78.7 H x 68.9 W x 2.4 in

This is from a series inspired by seventeenth century Dutch genre paintings, depicting women performing various tasks in the home. In contrast with these small, humble Dutch scenes, my women take on heroic proportions, are painted larger than life, and are no longer in the house but are placed outside in the landscape.

The apple, pearls and needle reference symbols from historical painting, which I then hijack for my own purposes. In Vermeer's day a single pearl meant chastity and loyalty, whereas many pearls represented vanity. The apple has Biblical references and is seen in many Madonna images. Needles, and the act of sewing can have sexual connotations, as in the act of threading a pearl.

My artworks deal with the anxieties and frustrations of daily life and give them a face. They depict an inner emotional world, but it's submerged below the surface and the Madonna like subject maintains a calm yet ambiguous expression.

This dramatic two metre tall oil painting on Belgian linen is made on a custom built oval stretcher.

Keywords: pearls, woman, Sewing, apple, landscape

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