Reinterpretation of the Ancient Three Graces Myths by Artist Francesca Lowe at Riflemaker


LONDON.- A modern reinterpretation of the ancient Three Graces myth is the subject of the exhibition by artist Francesca Lowe at Riflemaker, from 23 May 2011 through July 2, 2011. Headland: Woman in a Landscape consists of five large-scale heads, five symbol-laden tree paintings, and a group of ‘tree-cuts’ which invite the viewer to indulge in a game of symbolic decoding, to reveal a woman’s journey through the complex landscape of today. In mythology the Three Graces are goddesses of unearthly attraction, beauty, and charm; men wanted them and women wanted to be them. Throughout art history women have been painted from the male perspective and are usually depicted as being aware of the male spectator. Lowe’s Graces flout this tradition. The viewer is surrounded by the dramatic, large-scale canvases, executed in Lowe’s distinctive pastel with fresco-like washes. This