Shift

Oil on canvas
60cm x 75cm
January, 2021

 

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Mother-Angels

Oil on canvas
60cm x 75cm
January, 2021

Shift is painted in oil on canvas. The bluish background was made from dripping thinned turpsy layers of paint down the vertical canvas to create washes and rivulets and suggest an ephemeral space. 

The painting is based on the way I felt before I was due to give birth to my oldest son. I felt as if I was on the edge of a precipice and the ground was going to give way beneath me. The figure sits on a platform of uncertain perspective, visually pinned by lines of paint that might suggest an order she is operating within despite the shifting, dripping background. 

The figure sits high in the composition to heighten the sense of precarity in her situation.

I was lucky to work with various pregnant models at life drawing sessions on Zoom during lockdown, and this painting is based on one of these.

 

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