Artist's description:

What a cause of embarrassment - the image of a very fine, clean, symmetrical human vagina. In no way relates do I relate to the medical profession; this work came about circumstantially.

For a while, I had been experimenting with semi translucent and reflective surfaces together with neon tubes placed between them, providing a light source as a particular element in a number of his works. A further development was to place an image behind the furthest semi translucent surface which would then only be made visible by the light reflected between two more forward, parallel semi reflective surfaces. Rather than having a large aperture through which the light source was visible and thus germane to the piece, the light source was to be hidden behind a front opaque panel through which a slender aperture was cut for spectators to view.

In attempting to cut a symmetrical and slightly ornate slot in this panel, it unintentionally began to take on a shape suggesting a female human organ. Well, what does that say about the artist? Overcoming my natural reticence, I felt a little research was necessary into subject matter which would relate well to what otherwise was becoming a standard, hard edge painting. In putting the two elements together, the title became self-evident and, being made in France, is also known as ‘La Breche’. But what really works in this piece is that the central subject matter seems to float in an ill-defined space, appearing and disappearing as the spectator moves their view point whilst looking at it.

Since its completion, this work has been seen by a good many people and what has astonished the artist is that it appears to be of most interest to adult women. The most self-conscious person in the room / gallery always seems to be me.

Materials used:

Mixed Media : Acrylic paint on canvas over wooden panels with tube lights and reflective surfaces.

The Opening (La Breche) (2010)


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This artwork is sold by Anthony M Alcock from France

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