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Girl Having A Dream by hattiebatten Girl Having A Dream

By hattiebatten | More art by hattiebatten

Category: Drawing

Art Number: 652

My work is very personal and often depicts my relationships and feelings I have towards certain people in my life. Many of my ideas are heavily influenced by mythology's use of metaphor to describe the human condition, particularly Ovid's Metamorphosis. Relationships and emotional states are represented by the transformation of people into animals, and in my work, abstract shapes and forms. Furthermore, Frida Kahlo's “incorporat[ion] [of] symbolic portrayals of physical and phycological wounds” is something of great fascination to me.

When I did Girl Having A Dream, (2013, 32.5x29cm, oil pastel and pencil on paper,) I copied the reclining woman from Ingres's painting Odalisque With Female Slave (1842). I then did the big beast thing, after looking at Francis Bacon's early paintings such as Three Figures At The Base Of A Crucifixion, 1944. This large, strange and threatening animal perhaps symbolises a fear of sexual intimacy. However, the girl seems to be enjoying the animal's attentions, or perhaps she is asleep and has no control over her reactions.

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