Friday, June 8, 2012

Figurative Work 2009-2011

"Self Portrait" 12x16, oil on panel, Elizabeth McGhee 2009
*Private Collection

"Rumpelstiltskin" 12x16, oil on panel, Elizabeth McGhee 2009
This is a representation of Rumpelstiltskin. The three thimbles represent the three nights he spun straw into gold for the miller's daughter, the doll dress is for the daughter's first born child that he asks for in return for his help, and the rabbit on his shirt hints at his subterranean demise.

"Omniscience" 24x48, oil on panel, Elizabeth McGhee 2009
This was my main painting for the senior show at Laguna College of Art and Design. Using symbolism, it is a commentary on belief and skepticism. The two boys are analyzing the fish which represents religion. They are also wearing metal hats to prevent their thoughts from being read by someone in the sky- God. But, at the same time, in the other room, beyond the star chart is a single lit candle, which represents the all seeing eye of God. So the message of the piece is that no matter how closely they analyze or dissect religion, they will never really see God, because he is not measurable.
*Private Collection 

"Hades" 12x16, oil on panel, Elizabeth McGhee 2009
I thought it would be fun to play off the modern parental fear of drugs and compare it to Hades tempting of Persephone with the pomegranate seeds. The pomegranate seeds at first glance can be seen as pills, put into this modern context.
*Private Collection

"Helen" 12x16, oil on panel, Elizabeth McGhee 2009
Helen of Troy was the daughter of Leda and the swan (Zeus). From the beginning, Zeus intended Helen to start the Trojan War and end the Age of Heroes. So she was used as a pawn.  The feathered headdress and the winged nest hint at her birth. While the white pawn represents her role in the story.

"Circe" 12x16, oil on panel, Elizabeth McGhee 2011

"Arachne" 12x16, oil on panel, Elizabeth McGhee 2009
*Private Collection

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