Posts Tagged ‘human figure’

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Thursday, October 9th, 2008

"Human Angel"  by  Edna Fourie is a striking painting.   Although small and of a limited, ‘moody’ palatte, it is hugely atmospheric and full of archetypal potency.  Within a cloud of mist  a human figure struggles under the  weight of an enormous wing.  His head is hidden and all we can see of his human form is limbs straining under the weight, seeming to almost fall forwards. 

The detailed tonal modelling of the human form gives a strong feeling of movement, strength and burden and yet the wing, while huge, is detailed with soft feathers and seems too  delicate a thing to be causing such burden.

This piece is pregnant with spiritual and psychological metaphor.  One thinks of the journey of the soul, struggling towards self actualisation.   Here the figure has almost fallen under the weight of the wing, which appears dead rather than bearing the carrier up into the winds as one might expect.   Perhaps this is a metaphor for sin, or failure, or suffering.    In any case, despite the strength of the figure one is left with a sense of vulnerability and sadness.

In describing this work, the artist speaks of her fascination with bringing together ordinary things which then become visionary metaphors in the finished piece, which is very evident in this poignant and tender painting.   This would, I imagine, make a most fitting gift for someone with a philosophical or metaphysical turn of mind, being  both thought provoking and engaging.