Spring 2021 Exhibition
Me, Myself & I

Self-Portrait With Tux Silencing Me

  • You Don’t Know Me

Self-Portrait With Tux Silencing Me was an incredibly personal and emotional piece which became a way for me to work through the grief of losing my beautiful pet rat, Tux, in January this year.

The portrait shows one of my best moments from 2020. I was on a Zoom call with my vet. Tux was in my arms and getting twitchy. Suddenly, mid-sentence, Tux put both paws on my lips and silenced me. She looked into my eyes and it was as if the whole world was momentarily stopped and silenced; an incredibly intimate moment with such a small creature. Small animal, large soul.

Media: recycled paper from 2020 calendars, watercolours, acrylic on canvas and ink
Price: PRICELESS

Anti-Selfie is the quintessential comment on social media vanity and the flip of Vanity’s coin – Insecurity. The electrical webways are full of humans trying to be as attractive as possible, according to the rules of their gender, class, subculture and the rules dictated by their personal dysmorphia. I like to turn such expectations on their head as humour is a great way to battle anxiety. So I took the least flattering photo of myself – gob open, angle from below, no trout pout or sucked-in cheeks – and then I combined dry-needle felting and embroidery to recreate it, which in itself was a counter statement to the 1,000-pics-a-minute-culture as hand embroidery takes innumerable, slow minutes to depict a mere eyelash!

Media: felt, silk threads
Price: MORE THAN YOU CAN AFFORD

Yellow Self-Portrait was a happy exploration of colour and mark making, being my first attempt at acrylic painting in a couple of decades! I don’t have an art education background, which has its upside in that I am not so inhibited by having been taught what is ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ in my teachers’ eyes, something I see some trained artist friends struggle with.

In MaVie’s Book of Art Theory, Rule 1 is, “If in doubt, add yellow! Yellow improves everything!”. Rule 2 is, any other rule can supplant Rule 1 depending on my mood and whim!

Media: acrylic on canvas
Price: LESS THAN IT’S WORTH

You Don’t Know Me is a metaphorical portrait of a teasel head in winter snow. It is half-covered in ice which blurred the detail of its spikes, creating a mask of public-me and private-me. We all have a part kept hidden. Some people more than others.

Media: digital photography
Price: A MOUNTAIN IN WALES WITH A COMFORTABLE CARAVAN AND NATURAL SPRING

My Soul is another metaphorical portrait. There is a mythical belief that our spiritual selves can appear to our internal vision as completely at odds with the physical person we portray in the earthly realm. So that fearful old lady you see buying teabags, may have the soul of a warrior, that you never get to see. I think I might be a rat, which may repulse those of you who know nothing about rats. I have kept rats for nearly 20 years, and yes, I adore wild rats and sewer rats too! Rats are loyal, altruistic (they will attempt to rescue trapped rats that they do not even know), affectionate, intelligent, loving, adaptable, resourceful, playful, joyous and sociable… okay, I may struggle with ‘sociable’!! … unless I’m socialising with animals or humans whom I have invited into my Fur Family!

Media: digital photography
Price: MY SOUL IS NOT FOR SALE

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