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Fiona J. Williams Can our wounds be made Golden?, 2019

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Gallery Sorelle Sciarone

Voorschoten, Netherlands

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Fiona J. Williams, Can our wounds be made Golden?
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Informations about this artwork
  • Medium

    Painting : acrylic

  • Dimensions cm | inch

    35.8 x 24 x 0.8 inch

  • Support

    Painting on canvas on stretcher

  • Framing

    Not framed

  • Type

    Unique work

  • Authenticity

    Work sold with an invoice from the gallery
    and a certificate of authenticity

  • Signature

    Hand-signed by artist

  • About the artwork

    Artwork sold in perfect condition

    Curator Emi Eleode writes the description.

    "A luminous golden halo encircling the woman whose eyes are closed shut as if fast asleep. The magic light that feels like a healing process is occurring. On close inspection, you can see the various wounds on her body, that painful-looking red gash on the top of her left cheek. The flecks of molten gold are like a plaster to shrink the gap. Her injuries are signified by prominent red tones throughout the rest of her body as seen under her neck, centre of the chest, under her right breast, and on the tops of both her thighs: her right thigh, especially bloody. As a viewer, you wonder how she got all those wounds. You hope that the spots of gold make it all go away.

    The outline shape of the woman’s afro in blue with a hint of green at the top left of her hair looks like our planet earth. Symbolic imagery as mother earth is constantly faced with many challenges. The tears of her children in every corner of the world are felt deeply. The background colour of blue and red represent the inner emotion of the subject and the physical wounds we see across her body.

    Fiona drew inspiration from the Japanese technique called Kintsugi, where broken objects are mended using gold leaf and lacquer to bring beauty to what has been broken. Appreciating that nothing is ever too damaged to be hidden away. A thought that might sometimes creep in our minds as we go about our lives."


    Gallery and Art History Notes
    In “Can Our Wounds Be Made Golden” (2019) Fiona was inspired by Basquiat and mixed the female nude, with eyes averted with early modern Christian imagery. The halo and vivid blue and red parts of the painting evoke Christian themes. The abstracted female is closer to Byzantine Christian art. As she is unclothed, we know this is no Christian painting. Even Christ, hanging in the cross, always has a little cloth, no matter how scant, in front of his genitals. Yet Fiona has mixed these two in a beautiful painting that marries familial histories of Christianity and the slightly abstracted female nude. The painting evokes old pains that might be lifted to a higher divine whole. The painting is not Christian in any sense but uses imagery from the collective conscious of evoking hope and health. Emi has painted during her ongoing battle with cancer, this image pulls her own health together with art history.- Tascha Sciarone (Art Historian)
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Fiona J. Williams

United Kingdom Born in: 1975

Fiona J. Williams has a B. A. Textile Design – Central St Martins. Art Foundation – Reading College of Art and Design. She has been a dedicated painter since 2018.

Fiona is the youngest of seven children. She was born in a town just outside London; her parents are originally from Jamaica. She grew up in a very creative household, surrounded by fabrics, sewing machines, leftover paint, pens and paper. Her mother was a highly skilled Designer Maker. From this creative household, most of her elder siblings became artists; writers, painters and designers. 

After completing her degree, she worked in various roles, including for a gallery that sold antique textiles and pre 1960's vintage clothing, a property renovation company, a bespoke rug designer and an interior designer. Deciding to resume painting 2018, which has been her main artistic passion since then.

Fiona's art looks at a lot of expressionist and portrait painters. Like Henri Toulouse-Lautrec, Lois Mailou Jones, Edvard Munch, Amadeo Modigliani and Egon Schiele, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Frida Kahlo. We see a lot of each of these artists influence in her work. But she also intertwines different visuals from our collective consciousness, like Byzantine and Christian themes with this well-versed art knowledge in her paintings.

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