Monday, October 27, 2014



FICTIONAL BIRDS

exhibition at C3 at the Abbotsford Convent
Open october 29 - November 16, 2014.


“Fiction is like a spider's web, attached ever so lightly perhaps, 
but still attached to life at all four corners.” Virginia Woolf.

This intimate series of gouache and watercolour portraits are painted on the crispy browning endpapers and dedication pages torn from old novels. The portraits of women are both anonymous and familiar, as are the faces of many creative women from history. The birds are like their animal avatars; both nesting and migratory, constantly trying to decide between the domestic and the soaring, giddying heights of freedom.  

It was hard for her to imagine her real goal. At some points she thought she saw a glimpse of it, only to find herself in a heavy, apathetic fog the next. She felt terribly guilty taking time, but she made herself do it. Nestled in there, in the dark. She heard every tiny sound. She saw star-like specks of light. She imagined a world where time stood still and life could float effortlessly, ageless and without direction.

Gouache and ink paper, hand painted frame
$490


It was only when she read about psychotic narcissists that she could feel good about herself- put her life in perspective. She had a constant struggle between desiring fame and wishing she was someone else, someone humbler and homelier.  At other points her shame was a force to be reckoned with, overrunning her whole self and blocking her path at every opportunity.

Gouache and ink paper, hand painted frame
$490

She found it hard to remember who was who. She knew she was supposed to recall the regulars, but they all seemed to blend into an amorphic mass of strutting monologues, all wanting the same thing from her.

Gouache and ink paper, hand painted frame
$490

Her voice was loud and escaped from her in bursts. Rants. Some called it blowing off steam, others called it plain rude. It seemed to bubble up from some deep dark place inside her.  After it spilled out her mouth she felt momentary exhilaration followed by regret. By morning the next day she felt like a complete goose and it would take the whole day of hating herself before she could achieve even the most menial of chores.

Gouache and ink paper, hand painted frame
$490




She first appeared like a simple statement; at once whole and unbroken. When you got to know her she was very complex, fragile and full of potential.

Gouache and ink paper, hand painted frame
$490




She always thought she wanted a family, one day. So she built a lovely nest in a kind of subconscious anticipation. She selected a suitable mate and eventually spawned offspring. Then she spent the next ten years relentlessly trying to prove that she could still do what any single bird could do.

Gouache and ink paper, hand painted frame
$490


If you are interested in purchasing any of these works, please email me at tai@taisnaith.com







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