Thursday, July 23, 2015

Speak the Truth

'Speak the Truth', a painting from my mum's art exhibition, Red Thread at the Salamanca Arts Centre, Hobart. The genre is folk art and the paintings explore various philosophical themes using religious, folk and literary tropes but are organised alphabetically. This particular painting is about the way in which the ancient ideologies of power, pleasure and pride hypocritically conceal the danger of evil, represented by the wolf. The ogress on the left is pointing upwards so she represents power, saying to the girl, "to avoid the wolf you must submit to the nameless power." The ogress in the middle represents pleasure, "who cares about the wolf, enjoy yourself with me." The ogress on the right is pointing down towards the concealed wolf, and represents pride. "What wolf?"