I have acquired a new picture………….
Back in February I went down to the crypt of St Martin-in-the-Fields for a quick lunch and on my way out I noticed there was an art exhibition in the gallery. It was called “The Art of 7” and the work of one of the seven artists caught my eye so I spoke to the woman looking after the gallery. She turned out to be the artist in question, Amelia Critchlow, an M.A. student at the Wimbledon College of Art. We had a long conversation about the things that inspired her work; one of which was children’s fables such as Little Red Riding Hood.
As I looked around, I saw this image which looked as if the girl’s feet were changing into tree roots.
I asked her if it was inspired by Ovid’s story about the metamorphosis of Daphne she said that she didn’t know the story. I explained briefly that Daphne had taken a vow of chastity and fled away when Apollo can onto her and that her prayer to be saved was answered by transforming her into a tree as he caught up with her. I promised to e-mail her a link to Bernini’s famous sculpture in Rome of Daphne and Apollo showing the moment of transformation. To cut to the chase (so to speak) Amelia liked the story and I offered to commission a piece based on it.
Five months later she presented it to me:-
I hope you like it as much as I do. A really new take on an old subject, I think.
Here is the link to her website if you want to know more about Amelia’s work. www.ameliacritchlow.co.uk
Just in case you missed it