This series was created to personify the powerful female decorated image. Iconic religious paintings of adorned doyens have been displayed in churches over centuries – images of respect, decorated to enhance and celebrate the female image in high esteem.
An interest in statues, Victorian mostly – white marble fleshed bodies, the epitome of goddesses, languishing in gardens and on building facades. Also I’ve been fascinated by portraiture of queens – aloof and decadent, over decorated with jewels and an attitude to reflect their status, pin-up, celebrity, idol, heroin. Haute couture intermixes with the narrative and periods of country and western, rock and roll, and other images through time.
Bespoke designs on landscape shaped dresses merge with iconic portraits. These portraits of sculptural soft marble like faces take elements of past and present women to gather all those idiosyncrasies and create a romantic playful female image of women, the true creators, breaking glass ceilings, the quite achievers, powerful and blessed with a strength.