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Into the light
The figure, backlit by city lights is stepping into the light, both figuratively and metaphorically. The painting represents a personal awakening, an opening of my eyes to the truth of climate crisis and the need for urgent attention.
Wide awake 1 & 2
The figures are reclining, but not asleep. They both hold a direct gaze as if to say, ‘I see now. I’m wide awake’.
How we reach and affect each other in our intimate relationship is complex. Here, after an argument, the male figure is seen distorted, covered with the static of his thoughts and pain. It's been a confusing time and he's left feeling fragmented. She has had time to collect herself, calm herself and see her part- take ownership of the hurt parts of her personality that lashed out. So with vulnerability she reaches out, breaks through the distortion with her gentle touch. With an apology on her lips he draws nearer and they can begin to repair and grow.
While some see arguing as a sign their relationship is broken, or that their partner is 'just not right for me', it is in fact an opportunity for maturation and growth. Confronting the parts of us that need healing by having our partner shine a light on them means we are part of a spiritual partnership. It is doing its job and we leave each painful episode a little more knowledgeable, a little more healed, a little more connected. As long as we are willing to confront ourselves.
In a continuation of my exploration of intimate relationships and their ability to act as people growing machines, Salvation is a moment in time that captures the essence of true relationship. They are seperate individuals- they are not transfixed in each others gaze. But they are also deeply connected as represented by the gestural paintwork that unites the figures. They are calm, reflective in posture but still turned towards eachother. They are each others and their own Salvation.
Wisdom & Sacrifice
Two qualities cultivated in strong, long lasting relationships. They are portrayed here in subtle ways; the way we gently embrace, how we hold our own pain and respect the space of our partner’s.
The lost generation
My largest painting to date, The Lost Generation is a comment on our addiction to devices, social media and the constant distraction this sets up, particularly in our teenagers (this is a portrait of my own 14 year old daughter). This generation hasn't known life without their phones. And it’s damaging them, their relationships and their abilities to cope in an ever changing, ever demanding world. This painting serves as a reminder to reach out and connect.
While at first glance this painting may seem melancholic, it is in fact capturing a moment of vulnerability and realisation of an unshakable inner strength. Yes, she is vulnerable, but this is also where her true power resides. Soon she will unfold from her sheltered resting position and emerge with her full strength.
She’s poised, confident, even though she is naked and unconventional in her beauty. She’s shrouded but you may find your eyes trying to see her, hunting for clues to who she is and what she really looks like.