in praise of older women
In this latest series, in addition to portraying the inner narrative of each human figure, Annette attempts to illustrate the inner resilience and strength that many women have as they age. As with the previous series, you dance inside my chest, walnut drawing ink, graphite, and oil paint on translucent mylar have been utilized. Here the rich brown of the walnut ink is reminiscent of both flesh and the decay of the flesh as the ink dissipates upon meeting the slick surface of the mylar. Graphite, which added a solidity of form to the previous work, has been reduced here to emphasize the increasing lack of solidity in the aging form. Prominence is given instead to the use of translucent oil paint coming from within the form itself adding a simple spiritual component, an inner light. Often these colours are added to the part of the body that corresponds to the colour of the chakras, or vital energy centres in our body according to tantric traditions. The use of vintage magazine transfers is a new element that has been added to these images for additional narrative and depth. As the human body clearly begins to show the passage of time, the inner light of the female human spirit appears to strengthen. Annette’s aim is to illustrate that these women lived their stories, grew strength from them, and ultimately transcended them.