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Anj Smith for Fornasetti Plate

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This series features evolving imagery based on the face of Italian Soprano and muse of the Belle Epoch, Lena Cavalieri. Here Smith subverts the traditional idea of the ‘muse’, restoring an unapologetic agency to her three depictions of Cavalieri. Smith’s ‘Ophelia’ was inspired in part by the painting of the same name by John Millais. Here, however, Ophelia is not drowning, she is luxuriating in her own swirl of platinum bubble bath and looking directly out at the viewer. In both ‘Irony’ and ‘Pleasure’, we see only one of Lena’s eyes.

Details

  • 2019
  • Anj Smith and Fornasetti collaboration
  • Edition of 20 + 2 AP
  • Numbered
  • Printed Signature of the artist
  • 26 cm diameter

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Anj Smith for Fornasetti Plate

Irony
Irony
Ophelia
Pleasure
Regular price
$500.00
Sale price
$500.00
Regular price
| INC. VAT
The Artist

Anj Smith

‘I love the idea that painting, pointless technologically, can still hypnotise and seduce us. For me, this is where the uniquely profound nature of painting is located, as no other medium offers this specific legacy. Its multiple deaths, resuscitations and evolutions make it especially apt in negotiating the great global & personal uncertainties of now. This difficult, baggage-ridden, faltering yet essentially surviving medium enables me to excavate often-overlooked art histories. These then filter down, combining with my lived experiences to form the layers of the work. Painting can facilitate the complexity of all of this, allowing me to explore the very edges of representation.’
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