Acrylic by Avenda Burnell Walsh
Girl With Hat
Avenda Burnell Walsh
I rarely take inspiration head on, preferring to work through ideas with reference to past voices and leaving a conversation in the artistic air. In my figurative work I seek unlikely physical shifts to reveal an inherent awkwardness, throwing into question what we are led to believe is beauty and beautiful. In the media circus of the 21st century we are bombarded by images of apparent perfection, yet we appear to miss the point of the beauty of soul.
My current body of work looks back over centuries of figurative representation to re-evaluate the place of women in societies that demand beauty from them. These new portraits free the sitters of Holbein, Vermeer and Klimt from the constraints of corsets and convention. The corsets are off, and they are not going back on.
Acrylic on Canvas