This large work is part of my Falling Women series. These paintings were completed during my Artist Residence at Chateau d'Orquevaux in France. The series explores the way women fall: both in terms of societal expectation of women but also more simply, reflecting our use of the word "Falling" or "fallen."
By way of example we commonly use phrases such as "fallen behind, falling out, falling foul, falling down" and so on.
Falling: Pregnant is a figurative work which draws on the classic female nude form, modernised by abstraction and the use of bright colours. This (and others in this series) was inspired by many museum and gallery visits throughout Europe and by my reading of poetry and other literature.
The use of vibrant colour in this work is a departure from my usual practice and reflects a period of personal growth and change. Colour reflects both my own interior world but is also a powerful way to speak to the viewer. And of course falling pregnant - if represented by colour - would be bright and perhaps chaotic. It would capture change, uncertainty, excitement and fear.
The posture of the woman hints at her vulnerability. Other markings in this work draw on popular motifs. The scribbles over the heart represent the palpitations, the turbulence, the sheer wild joy of expecting a child. On the other hand the markings on the gravid woman's back might allude to the discomforts of the pregnant state too.
This painting is presently unstretched which enables me to transport it with ease to galleries, etc.
The dimensions and price, however, are for the work delivered to a collector stretched and gallery wrapped - ready to hang. There may be a variation of up to 1 cm on the width and height compared to what I have listed here. Once sold I can have this work done within 2-3 business days.
Acrylic and oil pastel on canvas
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