Portraits

 

Artists Statement

SINCE THE BEAUTIFUL AND MYSTERIOUS MUMMY PORTRAITS OF ROMAN EGYPT HAVE COME TO LIGHT, THEY HAVE CAST THEIR SPELL. ANDRE MALRAUX DESCRIBED THEM AS "GLOWING WITH A FLAME OF IMMORTAL LIFE" IT DOES SEEM AS IF THE PORTRAITS WERE MEANT TO HOLD THE SPIRIT OF THE PEOPLE THEY REPRESENTED UNTIL THE SOUL AND EARTHLY REMAINS WERE REUNITED IN THE FUTURE. THE ROMAN EGYPTIAN LADIES SERIES HAS BEEN INSPIRED BY THESE FAYUM PORTRAITS. THE DIRECTIONAL HAND STITCHING USING A MODIFIED SPLIT STITCH HELPS TO BRING THE FACES TO LIFE.

THE 'OWL SHAMAN' PORTRAIT WAS REALIZED BY IMAGINING WHAT AN OWL / MAN MERGED BEING WOULD LOOK LIKE AND USING THE COMPUTER TO MANIPULATE IMAGES UNTIL THE DESIRED EFFECT WAS OBTAINED. THE IDEA OF SHAPE SHIFTING SUGGESTED A TRANSITORY IMAGE SO MINIMUM EMBROIDERY WAS USED.OIDERY WAS USED.

'Roman Egyptian Women 4-10'
Stitched panels
Prism Exhibition Mall Gallery, 2003
private collections - UK and Canada

'Roman Lady'
Stitched panel
Exhibited Prism exhibition
TUC Centre, 2000
private collection - Boston, USA
'Mirror'
Stitch on print
Exhibitied Cajobah Gallery, Birkenhead, 2003
private collection - Birkenhead

'Shaman'
Stitched printed panel
Exhibited Prism Mall Gallery, London, 2003
private collection UK

'Henry VIII' - ‘Dissolution’ detail
Embroidered panel
Pathways Exhibition TUC Centre, 1997
private collection Canada