Corroded Head after James Gleeson (Best Viewed Large)

Cathy Gilday

Gold Coast, Australia

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When challenged to do an “Appropriation,” of a famous artist’s work, I knew my choice would have to come from my most favourite Australian surrealist artist – James Gleeson. 1915 – 2008.

The work I chose was " We inhabit the corrosive littoral of habit," 1940.
I made changes, only using the corroded head and the woman’s figure, then setting them into my own landscape, which has a door, reminding us that there are always other paths we can take.
In the original, the woman’s figure is on the right side of the canvas and the man’s face was to the left. I chose to paint them so that the woman’s hair flows in the direction of the man. Also her “corrosion’s,” identify with my own body and how my recent illness has affected me. Making this painting so personal, was not an easy decision, but once made, was very liberating.

The message behind the original painting was that often habit, stands in our way and does not allow us to be instinctive or experience new adventures, therefore habit is corrosive.

Acrylic & Charcoal on canvas, mixed media.
61cm x 46cm x 3.8cm.
FEATURED IN “ARTISTS UNIVERSE GROUP,” 11th December, 2011.
FEATURED IN “PAINTERS UNIVERSE GROUP,” 25th December, 2011.
FEATURED IN “DADA LAND GROUP,” 1st October, 2012.
FEATURED IN “WOMEN PAINTERS,” 13th October, 2012.

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