The ladylike lady feeds her lap-horse beauty flowers (from Van Dyck)

The ladylike lady feeds her lap-horse beauty flowers (from Van Dyck)

150 x 135cm, gouache, pastel and charcoal on paper, 2006

Pretty Marie knows that only a miracle will save her now

Pretty Marie knows that only a miracle will save her now

165 x114 cm, oil and glitter on linen, 2006

The pretty brown horse (with curly hair) is glad to have so much attention

The pretty brown horse (with curly hair) is glad to have so much attention

137 x 196 cm, oil on linen, 2006

Two lady-like ladies (with curly hair) preen their pretty brown horse (with curly hair) from Van Dyck

Two lady-like ladies (with curly hair) preen their pretty brown horse (with curly hair) from Van Dyck

133 x 118 cm, gouache, pastel, and charcoal on paper, 2006

Two lady-like ladies (with curly hair) preen their pretty brown horse (with curly hair) from Van Dyck

Two lady-like ladies (with curly hair) preen their pretty brown horse (with curly hair) from Van Dyck

167 x 150 cm, oil and enamel on linen, 2006

Baby owl is caught up in tangles but whispers a soft song

Baby owl is caught up in tangles but whispers a soft song

165 x 114 cm, oil and enamel on linen, 2005

Little Martyr Mouse has an out of body experience

Little Martyr Mouse has an out of body experience

40 x 30 cm, oil and beads on linen, 2005

Installation View

Installation View

Helen Gory Galerie, 2006

Little Miss Wendy tries to think of pleasant things (from El Greco)

Little Miss Wendy tries to think of pleasant things (from El Greco)

198 x 112 cm, oil on linen, 2005

Walking Miss Wendy clicks her red heels to go home (from El Greco)

Walking Miss Wendy clicks her red heels to go home (from El Greco)

198 x 101 cm, oil on linen, 2005

Willful Miss Wendy waves goodbye (from El Greco)

Willful Miss Wendy waves goodbye (from El Greco)

198 x 101 cm, oil on linen, 2005

Brave owl gets his toes stuck in Liz’s crown and finds himself singing in the spotlight (from El Greco)

Brave owl gets his toes stuck in Liz’s crown and finds himself singing in the spotlight (from El Greco)

165 x 114 cm, oil on linen, 2005

Small owl paintings, installation view

Small owl paintings, installation view

Helen Gory Galerie, 2006

In Ancient Greek mythology the Owl was a creature sacred to Athena, Goddess of the night who represented wisdom and had a companion Owl on her shoulder which revealed unseen truths to her. The owl had the ability to light up Athena's blind side, enabling her to speak the whole truth. The letters in Cyrillic script are copied from Madonna icons and are words such as ‘Mother’.

CATALOGUE ESSAY BY WENDY WALKER

Installation view Helen Gory Galerie, 2006

Installation view Helen Gory Galerie, 2006

Three 'Mother' owls, installation view, Helen Gory Galerie, 2008

Three 'Mother' owls, installation view, Helen Gory Galerie, 2008

Baby owl has a bad hair day

Baby owl has a bad hair day

40 x 30 cm, oil and mixed media on linen, 2005

Little Martyr Mouse wears a halo

Little Martyr Mouse wears a halo

40 x 30 cm, oil and beads on linen, 2005

150 x 135cm, gouache, pastel and charcoal on paper, 2006165 x114 cm, oil and glitter on linen, 2006137 x 196 cm, oil on linen, 2006133 x 118 cm, gouache, pastel, and charcoal on paper, 2006167 x 150 cm, oil and enamel on linen, 2006165 x 114 cm, oil and enamel on linen, 200540 x 30 cm, oil and beads on linen, 2005Helen Gory Galerie, 2006198 x 112 cm, oil on linen, 2005198 x 101 cm, oil on linen, 2005198 x 101 cm, oil on linen, 2005165 x 114 cm, oil on linen, 2005Helen Gory Galerie, 2006Installation view Helen Gory Galerie, 2006Three 'Mother' owls, installation view, Helen Gory Galerie, 200840 x 30 cm, oil and mixed media on linen, 200540 x 30 cm, oil and beads on linen, 2005

Flying Visitation

Animals, portrayed alone or without people, have a long tradition of symbolic and mystical associations in art and culture. They possess certain powers that we do not, such as keener instincts and more finely honed senses. The owls, dogs and horses that appear in this first part of the series, however, are toys or figurines from my mother’s china cabinet in my childhood home, so have been stripped of their innate powers.

Saintly, royal, religious and historical fragments of images taken out of context are added to the mix, but lend a certain oppressive weight to the images. Although the paintings are largely birthed in the subconscious, they speak about power structures, and the maintaining of good and beautiful appearances.

The second half of this series are small owl paintings reminiscent of icons. In Ancient Greek mythology Athena had a companion owl sitting on her shoulder who had the ability to light up her ‘blind side’ and reveal unseen truths. The letters in Cyrillic script are words such as ‘Mother’.

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