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Some October Favourites:

Thursday, October 16th, 2008

"Pods of Life"  by Annie Pigott is an unusual and sensual piece, full of tactile references, both visual and kinaesthetic – the painting is on silk which lends another dimension to the curving forms and reflects light in quite a different way to a painting done on canvas.

Within an earthy, semi-monochrome palette a great deal of texture has been achieved, with fern like forms in the background echoing the vital curves of the foreground pods.  These seem both of this world – their three dimensional nature strongly indicated with deep and curving shadows and yet also abstract, with the otherworldly spirals appearing flat, almost floating within the pod interiors.  This is an interesting juxtaposition, suggesting to me that something as simple and earthy as a seed pod opening can also become a gateway to the world of the liminal.   Indeed, the spirals are rather like initiatory scarification marks or neolithic sacred cave markings, showing the way to the world beyond. 

This painting is very attractive because of its combination of simplicity (in colour) and complexity (in texture) and I can imagine that it would sit very well in a pale,  simply furnished setting where the curves and spirals could draw the eye of the viewer without distraction.  This is a meditative, peaceful painting and would especially suit a creamy background wall.

Pods of Life

Pods of Life