Cellardyke Studio

2005 - 2006

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If You Need A Shoulder

“If You Need A Shoulder”
Oil on canvas
2005
Size: 63.5 x 89.5 cm

An expressionist painting expresses emotion, portraying an intangible reality, the reality of a world of feeling. The subject is a childlike figure, imbued with the artists emotions as colours on the canvas. At the time of painting, Dorothea was engaging in discussions of philosophy and aesthetics with other artists in the community as well as attending musical performances, and the title, "If you Need a Shoulder ..." is a quotation from a song by a local musician. "There is no art, music, literature, love or passion without life, but without art, music, literature, love or passion, there is no life." - Dorothea Gray.

Le Sommeil

“Le Sommeil”
Oil on canvas
2005
Size: 63.5 x 89.5 cm

"Le Sommeil" or "The Sleep" portrays an exhausted, tormented male figure escaping into sleep. However, the darkness begs the question - as Shakespeare put it in quite a different context - "But in that sleep what dreams may come?" Freedom is an intangible. David Hume described it as the extent of a human's limitations. In a modern atomistic sense, how free are we from the effects of neurotransmitters, psychiatric illness, devastating life events, drugs, alcohol, politics, money, petits chefs or control freaks? The tormented male demands liberation which only a truly liberated woman can enable, providing a natural equilibrium in the context. "Freedom can be regarded as a thing of the mind, but true freedom is the very substance of the soul." - Dorothea Gray.

Männlicher  Rückenakt

“Männlicher Rückenakt”
Oil on canvas
2005
Size: 63.5 x 89.5 cm

A feminist perspective over the last half-century throws up popular cliches of bra-burning and man-bashing, but the essence of feminism is humanity. In liberating the female, it becomes necessary to liberate the man as humanity requires an equilibrium, the balance between yin and yang, the masculine and the feminine. In this painting, the artist depicts a man's body in a posture reminiscent of stretching after sleep. The background is blue like the sky in the early Spring morning, an awakening into liberty, unfettered. "When man is seen as an object of beauty, passion, desire; how much more obscene is the obscenity of repression?" - Dorothea Gray.