Darling, leave a light on for me

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Acrylic on canvas

h: 60 w: 50 d: 3 (cms).

My current practice examines themes of loss, rebirth and the reverence of nature. The escape from the prosaic into the transcendent through the metamorphosis of self, and the tension between the mundanity of the domestic and the atavistic call of the wild.

Working form the perspective of a woman going through the changes commensurate with my years, I am drawn to the words of Charlotte Perkins Gilman in 'The Yellow Wallpaper' and Barbara Newhall Follett in 'The House Without Windows': the yearning for an escape from the tacitly agreed upon comfort we call a house, and 'normal' life.

By employing the symbols of femininity and domesticity juxtaposed with the natural world, it is my intent to create a narrative that expresses the desire for a simpler way to realise our potential for nurturing and healing.

This series of self-portraits examines these themes and my connections with the habitat I have claimed as my own.


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