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'Gray Room' , 2020 

(oil on board, 48.3 x 38 cm) 

This painting won the Emerson Award for Young Woman Artist (2021) and the Women In Art  Prize People's Vote (2021). 

It is inspired by the poem Gray Room by Wallace Stevens, published in 1917: 


‘Although you sit in a room that is gray,

Except for the silver

Of the straw-paper,

And pick

At your pale white gown;

Or lift one of the green beads

Of your necklace,

To let it fall;

Or gaze at your green fan

Printed with the red branches of a red willow;

Or, with one finger,

Move the leaf in the bowl--

The leaf that has fallen from the branches of the forsythia

Beside you...

What is all this?

I know how furiously your heart is beating.’ 


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