Z As Dying See We Live

2007

About the painting

I suspect this may be hard for some, but not for others. For me, it is another painting of reality, but also of beauty. I used a style often used in Greek and Roman times – the body posed and draped in fabric – as a way of claiming the classic language of beauty. I wanted to show that those classic templates are just that – templates. Real beauty is so much more and so different.

After all I did to remember and to come to a new and liberating place, breast cancer felt a body blow in all the ways that can be interpreted. I lived through it relatively easily because it was just a different form of all I have been through in the past. Oddly enough, I didn’t feel diminished. I wanted to show through this painting that though bits of us may not be quite what we want them to be, beauty is present. Both the kingfisher fabric and the kingfisher bird in the top left are a colour and a simile attributed to me by others over the years. They seemed right here.

The title is again from scripture: 2 Corinthians 6:9, “as dying, and behold, we live”

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