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Vivienne Beaumont
Artwork materials: 
Mixed media
Mixed Media
Artwork size: 
95 x 55 cm (100 x 60 cm framed)
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The Maiden, Matron and Crone theme naturally works as a triptych. The character archetypes are stages of one life. The work is infused with tension, complicated emotions of love, fear and anxiety of a mother for her daughter.

The golden thread, rendered as a cat's cradle, represents the thread of life. The cat's cradle, familiar from childhood games, has historical and cultural antecedence. The concept of the thread of life is a synthesis referencing Penelope, her weaving and undoing, and also the resourceful Ariadne, her thread leading the way through the labyrinth, a metaphor for the complexity of life. The thread of life also references the three Moira or Fates from ancient Greece, the overseers of destiny.

The figures are mono-printed. The background has been screen printed onto rustic linen.  A mist of golden threads in each panel can be read as life force, memory, or maybe energy.

Vivienne Beaumont

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