COMING UP 2020
“ A piece of art should not only fill the purpose of decorating your home but also ‘prompt a state of soul’ ” - Alain de Botton - Architecture of Happiness
I am excited to have the opportunity to collaborate with London furniture company, Viaduct. Following Viaduct’s mission of timeless design, this upcoming collaboration will result in a unique series of paintings, matching each individual muse with a chair selected intuitively by the muse herself from the Viaduct collection. The furniture becomes both an extension of the muse’s personality and a place in which to be in the ‘stillness of the now’.
Viaduct furniture represents a carefully curated selection of furniture from exceptional designers. A leading destination, Viaduct sources authentic, contemporary design straight from the world’s leading brands and designers.
Their selected furniture reflects something of the human character, the duality that we all carry within us, which is that we are both orderly and complex, angular as well as curved, bold yet vulnerable.
But perhaps the most significant concept behind the combination of a muse and designer furniture is the idea of finding the stillness within, even if it is for a fleeting moment.
I have often observed that while the muse poses, she is, in a way, invited to just be in the present, suspended in time, something most mums rarely get an opportunity to experience. It is unique and empowering to give her a space in time to be ‘still’, to be a muse, neither pretending or trying to please anyone, just being uniquely herself.
The chair or sofa brings a sort of embrace to her soul, a frame to one’s being, her presence is the focal point. Whether in furniture, objects or architecture, design matters to us because it unconsciously reflects our inner self and validates more of who we are. The chair becomes an extension of the muse, allowing more of her own expression, more of her authentic self to imbue the space. My mission is to transport that moment onto canvas.
My hope is that my work, in some way, inspires other women and mothers to dig into their vision and potential. I do not pretend that my work will change the world or the status quo of how some people perceive motherhood. All I can do is give my full attention to each individual muse, each individual creation and allow the paintings to continue a life of their own by speaking for themselves.
For me, the back of the painting is equally as important as the front. The back of each artwork will be quite elaborate including a number of detailed element.
Each painting in the collection will be named after an ancient female Greek poet or philosopher and a small historical description of her will be inscribed on the back. I will also include the colour palette used and the name of the piece of furniture appearing in the painting. In addition each piece will have its own corresponding poem handwritten on the back. I have selected each poem from a unique collection named “Celtic Prayers”, written by the brilliant Irish poet, Paul Isbell.
This unification of forms and elements (muses, furniture and poetry) seem a perfect match as all three have one common purpose: to nourish the soul…