The Second Magpie

The Oval Portrait

In Uncategorized on May 21, 2010 at 04:04

Illness upset my plans for this project to become anything near amazing though I do look upon it with a kind of stray-dog fondness. It was born out of a love of Edgar Allan Poe’s tales, in particular ‘The Oval Portrait’, and old medical diagrams from Gray’s Anatomy.

Everything had it’s beginnings in print, collagraph, monoprint etc. I used fragile materials to create the prints – Poe had an intense fascination with fragile women and I tried to capture some of that fragility between the press and the paper. The ‘death masks’ show a kind of decay while remaining beautiful, something only the Victorians seemed able to achieve… perhaps something only they wished to.

If you ever have a chance I suggest you read some Victorian ghost stories, for there is nothing quite so satisfying as being terrified and fascinated at exactly the same time.


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