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Three Figures III


Veils Suite: Three Figures III
etching, drawing, watercolour (unique)
76 x 57 cm.

Marja-Leena | 24/05/2006 | 5 comments
themes: Printworks, Veils Suite


This one pulls me in immediately. I like the movement, the ambiguous menace/closeness between the figures, the evocation of rock, and baskets and of all the associations arising. It feels like a very mythical place.

These remind me so much of cocoons...

Thank you Omega! I love how you see so much in it!

Dave, cocoons are another "wrapping', aren't they? The Veils Suite is very much about wrapped figures and the connotations regarding that. The figures are human but certainly can evoke other forms. The insect cocoon that emerges into a beautiful butterfly is an excellent metaphor for a release from constraints or gaining the freedom of expression, equality, human rights...

On my blog, I recently asked the question why things
so often come in threes? The deeply satisfying balance of this image goes further to answer that question than words could ever do.

Thanks Patry, I did not think of my trio in quite that way before!