Wanda and Wilhelm get up to childish tricks in the dark

Wanda and Wilhelm get up to childish tricks in the dark

213 x 137 cm, oil on linen, 2004

Baby Wilhelm pretends to be very important as he stands guard

Baby Wilhelm pretends to be very important as he stands guard

213 x 102 cm, oil on canvas, 2003

Wunderkind Wanda (full of thoughts) wears a nice dress

Wunderkind Wanda (full of thoughts) wears a nice dress

198 x 158 cm, oil and enamel on canvas, 2004

Wunderkind Wilhelm (clean and bright) has to decide

Wunderkind Wilhelm (clean and bright) has to decide

198 x 158 cm, oil and enamel on linen, 2003

Little Rolf (the centre of attention) prepares to be a martyr

Little Rolf (the centre of attention) prepares to be a martyr

122 x 122 cm, oil and enamel on canvas, 2003

Little Rolf attempts to achieve sainthood

Little Rolf attempts to achieve sainthood

122 x 122cm, oil and enamel on canvas, 2003

Erika concentrates as she floats gently into the clouds

Erika concentrates as she floats gently into the clouds

183 x 84 cm, oil on linen, 2004

Heav'n & hell - installation view

Heav'n & hell - installation view

Helen Gory Gallery, 2004

'Dainty little Erika' series

'Dainty little Erika' series

122 x 122 cm each, oil and enamel on canvas, 2004

Dainty little Erika hears strange whispering

Dainty little Erika hears strange whispering

122 x 122 cm, oil and enamel on canvas, 2004

Two 'Rolf Martyr' paintings

Two 'Rolf Martyr' paintings

122 x 122 cm each, oil on linen, 2004

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Heav’n & Hell

“The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven.” John Milton, Paradise Lost, Book 1.

In ‘Heaven & Hell’ I use and manipulate images of paintings by Goya and El Greco from the Prado Museum which now appear as backdrops and settings for my subtle ‘psycho-dramas’. Time is blurry and flexible. The past and present merge and collide, as consciousness and memory engage in a dizzy slippery slide. Nothing is quite certain or real. Or subtle for that matter….. As in the most vivid dream, details are stacked on top of more details; there is an excess and overload of colour and information. Maximalism’, as opposed to minimalism, is the result.

Each doll character develops a life of their own. Wunderkind Wanda imagines herself to be large, powerful and terrifying – a Wagnerian Brunhilde – who marches across the romantic landscapes of Europe seeking adventure. Then there is her brother, Wunderkind Wilhelm, a slightly more timid character, who needs to prove himself. Little Erika (with the blonde plaits) hears voices and strange whisperings, but pretends not to. And her brother Rolf is a true martyr – always doing good for others.

My ‘dolls’ invent and play out stories, sometimes from boredom… and sometimes for other reasons.

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