‘The Carousel Lady’ is recent work which is part of a series of paintings that explore my relationship to my female ancestors inspired by my grandmother’s illness and eminent death. ‘The Carousel Lady’ depicts three women circling the perimeter of their lives like candles on a rotating candelabra, reflecting each other whilst remaining separate identities with a main protagonist shown head to toe centre stage. Intimately, my own life has been a mirror of my grandmother’s. In fact, among many mere coincidences, on our fifteenth birthday with forty years difference we each fainted with acute appendicitis. This painting is an ontological meditation of liminality within the feminine generational cycle and a poignant tribute and memento mori to my grandmother as she anticipates meeting her maker and I become a mother to my daughter and ancestor to her potential children.
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