Dancing Fates

Artwork details: etching, edition of 18 prints, 16 x 10.8 inches (41 x 27 cm), 2011.

This etching is particularly striking - the masks and the cloth are what one first sees, but the black is a deep velvety black, in which a surprising amount of very dark detail can be seen.

Dancing Fates - etching print by Nancy Farmer

Unusually for me, there is not really a story behind this one. The composition started off as an arrangement of dancing nudes. The masks went on because that was not enough of a picture for me, and then the cloth ran through them because I didn't want them completely naked, but I was so taken with the outlines of the figures I also didn't want to clothe them. Of course, with the final treatment that this etching got, one cannot really see the much of the outlines with which I was so taken, but I re-used the composition in a painting I called 'Gilded Lilies' in which the figures have no cloth, but wear a collection of unlikely items of half-clothes that, again, were intended to add to the composition without going very far to cover the figures.

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