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From the artist:
I became interested in the structure of fantasy worlds being a front for patriarchal lessons. That most of the stories we grew up with are tainted with meanings which are not as innocent as those enjoying them. What is it to be a child and what is it to be innocent? Contemporary fantasy art seems to have constructed a typical model of a beautiful woman. Often the artists who create these images are women, brought up with fairy stories. It is often a way to cling to nostalgia. I explored possible constructions of imaginary worlds through flowers which are invented with structural elements which the pollinators have corresponding entities. How do imaginary worlds work? What is their function? The stories of imaginary worlds which really compel us are believable. They have credibility and sense, covering all the bases of our world. LOTR doesn’t leave questions unanswered about place, about people, and about how they interact. What is it to be truly imaginary and do we always need to touch base with what we know? I painted autobiographical images as fairies, posed in a settings which morphed Japanese dreamscapes with the unfamiliar.