Monday, February 8, 2010

Desire & Repulsion

Desire & Repulsion

Edna Martin, Artist (Oil on Board 21"X13")

Martin's work begs the question why does the fickle young Pollyanna anxiously attract that which she will discard and ultimately kill? The subject at once beckons one pigeon to alight on her finger while swatting a former love dove from her lap. One wonders if the dark bird to the right, which is left to bleed, is suffering the consequence of not being swift enough to escape? 

As disclosed on the back of this work, Artist Martin copied this work in a flat folk art style, painting from a 'Victorian' print, creating an incongruent work of intent versus outcome.

Note: This work was discovered outside a southern Ohio resale shop with a price of $10. While it is not the practice of BAMOO to pay such a high price for a work of this caliber, closer inspection of the tag indicated that the price was not for the art, but for the 'nice old frame'.

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