DARKNESS and DREAMS…

For some time now I have been meaning to compile a sketch of things that have created some artistic ideas for me.

I’ll start off with an old painting of mine which I did nearly 10 years ago, while living in London…

I was walking around Covent Garden on my lunch break and popped into what looked like a small but interesting photographic exhibition down one of those alluring London alleyways.

The exhibition was of black and white photography by a young and very talented woman, Francesca Woodman .

I had never seen anything like what I saw in this gallery that day…it was visually so evocative and strange, yet dreamily familiar; it all resonated so strongly within me – especially since, at 22 years old, she was nearly my age when she took her own life…

Tragic, but also another facet of the incredible emotional power of her work.

I often struggle to put into words what moves me to create, and the symbolism contained within my paintings. It is equally as hard to express why another’s art moves one , but here goes :

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Francesca Woodman: Space 2
Providence, Rhode Island, 1975 – 1976

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Francesca Woodman: It must be time for lunch now 1979
25.4cm x 20.3cm

…and this is “Francesca’s Room”  – you can purchase a beautiful reproduction of this symbolist painting here.

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5 thoughts on “DARKNESS and DREAMS…

  1. My lover always remembers his dreams with such clarity. I wish I could do that. They say that the memory of dreams is a sign of high intelligence. Is this true, I wonder?

  2. Thank you, Lara,

    Your work is wonderful! I love the perspective and emotion captured in the quirky and thoughtful compositions. I would be most honoured if you did include me in your work book : )

    xxLiza

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