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"I know your deepest secret fear", sang Jim Morrison. The life beyond appearance has long tormented artists, delving into the darkest corners of their psyche beneath the thin veneer of the rational world. Their routes have been various: fantasy and dream; folklore, myth and fairy tale; repressed memories, nightmares and madness.

In these more recent paintings, drawing on fragmented recollections of her childhood, commonplace objects take on disturbing associations in a theatre of the mind. Aside from the occasional eerie light through a window or half-open door, the outside world barely intrudes. Once the curtains open, the only character inhabiting this claustrophobic world is the artist herself, accompanied by an array of stage-props: dark wardrobes and chairs; dolls, toys and strange animals; clothes draped over furniture; open boxes and rotting flowers. There is no attempt at psychological penetration in her self-depiction. the face is as impenetrable as a mask, the expression no more readable than that of the doll or the cat. A greater clue to an interpretation is provided by the protective costumes and the choreography of the body language- the half-turned stance or the recurrently clasped hands.

Francis Mallet - July 2003

The Play House I
Oil on canvas
100 cm x 80 cm
2001
The Play House II
Oil on canvas
102 x 127 cm
2003
The Dollshouse
Oil on canvas
122 x 152 cm
2001
Stems
Oil on canvas
33 x 56 cm
2003
The Letter II
Oil on canvas
91.5 x 122 cm
2001
The Window
Oil on canvas
90 x 152.5 cm
2000
Double Act
Oil on canvas
71 x 155 cm
2000
Self Portrait with Empty Hands
Oil on paper
40 cm x 30 cm
2002
Memento
Oil on canvas
100 cm x 80 cm
2001
Reflection
Oil on canvas
76.5 x 145.cm
2000
Accomplice
Oil on canvas
91.5 x 122 cm
2001
Blue Anorak
Oil on canvas
84 x 148 cm
2000
Remains
Oil on canvas
91.5 x 122 cm
2000
Pink Dressing gown
Oil on canvas
102 x 142 cm
2001
The Journey
Oil on canvas
122 x 152 cm
2002
The Door I
Oil on canvas
51 cm x 41 cm
2002
 The Open Door
Oil on Canvas
85 x 143 cm
2001
Self Portrait (Red Jacket)
Oil on canvas
61 x 61 cm
1999
Outside the Window
Oil on canvas
25.5 x 30.5 cm
2000
Bodybag
Oil on canvas
34 x 61 cm
2002
Dead Flowers II
Oil on canvas
41 x 51 cm
2002
Dead Tulips
Oil on canvas
41 x 51 cm
2002
Self Portrait with Doll
Oil on canvas
81 x 90 cm
2000
My Blue Coat I
Oil on canvas
78 x 120 cm
1999
My Blue Coat II
Oil on canvas
76.5 x 109 cm
2000
Butterflies
Oil on canvas
20.5 x 50.5 cm
2000
Behind the Door
Oil on canvas
92.5 cm x 54.5 cm
2001
Doll and Shoebox
Oil on canvas
73 x 78 cm
1999
Red Knees
Oil on canvas
12 x 18 cm
2002
Lifelines
Oil on canvas
12 x 18 cm
2003
The Nest
Oil on canvas
30 x 30.5 cm
2002
Doll in Window
Oil on canvas
77 x 64 cm
2000
Red Serviette
Oil on canvas
1999
Offering I
Oil on canvas
31 x 77 cms
2008