Whispered Messages and Passion


Acrylic on Canvas

500mm x 1000mm

I’ve been using fabric to convey messages about what it means human at the most basic.  Life, love, loss, memory.  Fabric concealing and revealing who we are.

Another message carrier was Iris.  The beautiful young Greek Goddess dressed in multicolored clothes and rode the wind to bring messages to mortals. She married Zephyrus who was the god of the west wind, and their son was Pothos,  passion.

The word iridescence is derived in part from the name of this goddess, and the iris of the eye is named after her as she was the goddess of the rainbow, to reflect the many colours of the eye.



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  1. iarxiv

     /  September 3, 2012

    The painting has a mysterious sense about it… it makes me wonder whether there’s a breeze, or perhaps the folds belong to a dress folded over a chair, or even whether these are the hills of some distant planet. I really like the combination of colours…


  2. ruthphipps

     /  September 11, 2012

    Glad you like it. thanks for your thoughtful comments, everyone sees something different in the way fabric folds. I like the mystery.



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