2016 - 2020
The Sappho series continues my interest in juxtaposing closely cropped imagery of flowers with lines of erotic verse. The irises in these images were from my mother's garden. The Greek goddess Iris is the personification of the rainbow, the messenger of the Gods. The rainbow colours of the iris and the purples in particular provide a link to the titles which are from a translation of the poetry of ancient Greek poetess Sappho (c.630BC) of Lesbos.
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Sappho 1: "And with precious and royal perfume you anointed yourself. Oil on Canvas 15 x 15" (38.2 x 38.2cm)
Sappho 2: "…don't you remember…we, too, did such things in our youth" Oil on canvas 16" x 16" (40.6 x 40.6cm)
Sappho 3: "Eros arrived from heaven wrapped in a purple mantle." Oil on canvas 20" x 20" (50.8 x 50.8cm)
Sappho 4: "I don't expect to touch the sky" Oil on Linen 13.78" x 13.78" (35 x 35cm)
"all at once a subtle fire races inside my skin" Acrylic and oil on canvas 76 x 91.5cm