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Ruffles and laces and ribbons and frills – these are the accoutrements we find of the romantic woman of vintage nostalgia days. Regency Romance, the period of the early 1800s, is one strongly associated with this.
But ruffles and laces and ribbons and frills, though strongly associated with an historical sense of femininity, do not necessarily imply weakness and inability. Indeed, the gentler one looks on the outside, the more firm one may be on the inside. As is said, one can’t judge a book by its cover, nor a woman by the clothes that she wears.
Figurative II is a delightful romp into the past, a look at a beautiful woman in a romantic setting, doing what women have done all through history and continue to do even in these enlightened days: fixing her hair. The artwork invites the viewer to join the woman in her boudoir as she prepares for an evening ahead, to watch as her fingers move skillfully through her plaits, weaving the hair in and out and setting it all in place with a hairpin.
Those of us with shorter, easy to manage hair do not necessarily escape this sense of finesse in working with our hair. There is something pleasurable, something timeless about the setting of one’s hair, the preparation for the day or the evening ahead, the anticipation of getting ready. Figurative II reminds us of the simple joy of this preparation, the need to take one’s time in getting it right.
This is not a time to hurry, not a time to rush. This is a time to slow down, breathe gently, concentrate on the matter at hand, even indulging oneself by fussing a little, and most importantly – to ENJOY what one is doing as opposed to making it another item on our endless list.
A complementing artwork to Figurative II is Thoughtful, also on this site.
Showcased in 37 Fine Art America groups.
June 6th, 2017
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