Late in the Evening 2019
Currently in the making the Late in the Evening series carries on my exploration of the garment as receptacle of experiences and a mirror of ones inner realm. In this work each piece takes the form of an imagined whimsically stylised outer garment, as donned by a woman waiting for her carriage to arrive, as she stands protected from the elements.
Sally is an older woman, though formidable, has lost none of her beauty, grace and glamour. She carries almost invisible fine cracks that allude to a life of turbulent love and loss. (H 57 cm)
Clara's flowing form tries to capture flowing water. The imagery of a fish in water held within her folds is an expression of Clara’s inner yearning to be one with her environment. (H 51 cm)
Idina is inspired by Idina Sackville, famous 1920s 'it girl', cousin to Vita Sackville. Idina was renowned for her sensual unconventional beauty and rebellious ways, often at odds with the norms of the day. The fine cracks on the extravagant collar allude to the vulnerability that Idina kept so well hidden she scandalised 1920s society by running away to Kenya to become chief seductress and high priestess of debauched Happy Valley. (H 47cm)
Doorba is Bengali for the sacred grass that is used during Hindu worship. Legend has it the sacred grass wards off negative energy in worshippers and their environment. The pattern of the three-sprigged grass forms part of the collage that bedecks the surface of the flowing form, holding promise of protection and comfort against the storms of uncertainty. (H 49cm)
Umrao is named after famed 19th century Lucknow courtesan Umrao Jaan, whose account was the first ever Urdu November published in 1899, written by Mirza Hadi Ruzwa. The form and surface of Umrao seeks to communicate the dynamism and expressionism of Indian dance forms, which combine movement of the body and feet together with facial expression to mesmerise audiences.
In Hindu philosophy 'Maya' means illusion. Maya is shaped like a rippling cloak, much like the ephemeral illusions that swirl and whirl about the lives we lead. Each view of Maya alludes to different forms depending on the viewpoint and inner eye of the onlooker. Seen side on she reveals elephant profiles and crouching animals. (H 42cm)
Natalia with her delicate concertina high collar waits to alight from the warmth of her carriage. Her lissom body is braced to meet the blustery wintery winds that are about to accost her person. (H 49cm)