Original oil on canvas, 51 x 41 cm by Mahali O'Hare
These paintings take their beginnings from classical still life. Decadence, impermanence and mortality, the language of still life felt an instinctive place to paint these landscapes out of. Against a dark void like background, solitary vases are overpainted with landscape, drawing on the myths of forest, the English Pastoral, childhood hideaways and the landscape seen via the lens of art. The figurative nature of the vases wrapped in the natural world shift between inside and out, landscape and still life, portrait and figure. Through the act of painting the container’s preserve and re-wild territory, they are both personality and psychological
state, garden and wilderness.