A small collection of original work in response to Shakespeare's 'Romeo and Juliet' play for a collaborative group show.
Collaborating with writer/artist Sheila Farrell we were drawn to the Queen Mab speech made by Romeo’s friend Mercutio (Act 1, scene 4) that speaks of the mischievous fairy Queen Mab who meddles with our dreams. Mab comes from Celtic folklore and the speech put Maria in mind of the images of the strange creatures in the corbels at Kilpeck Church in Herefordshire. Sheila grew up in Ireland and was surrounded by a culture of such mythical tales. So, they played with the notion of the uncanniness of dreams.
This 'Dream Collection' from the imagery of Maria's creatures, use of colour and materials aims to capture a sense of the hyper-reality of our dreams and nightmares, and of the familiar and unfamiliar touched with faerie magic. Some of Sheila’s words are also incorporated into the work.
Working with luscious draping cloth in Noil silk, silk velvet and linen three unique wall hangings are created. Dyes and dye pastes with screen printing were combined to create an evocative mood through colour and imagery, together with hand painting and other techniques such as discharge printing, devoure and flock.
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'Dreams' - 99 cm x 97 cm; Noil Silk, dyed, hand screen-printed, hand painted, with discharge paste and flock on a wood batton.
'Nightmares' - 109 cm x 100cm; Silk velvet, dyed, hand screen printed, devoure paste on a wood batton.
'Faerie Magic' - 72 cm x 104 cm; Linen, hand screen printed and painted with flock on a wood batton.