Marion has lived and traveled in many places all over the world. Her first hand experience of local histories and cultures and the industrialisation that inexorably changes them informs the subject matter of her work. Pictured here is "The Demise of the Divine Feminine", a large 3D multimedia work. Here she uses her direct, vivid style to illustrate goddess of creation from ancient cultures. The goddesses have been built like a relief sculptures, with each in their own partition of a shrine-like painting. The colours behind the goddesses remind me of outer space, a fitting background for these divine representations.
The back lit glass panels with butterflies and foliage printed on them attest to her technical proficiency in a range of media. A detail of one, "Blue Butterfly/Koru Fern" is pictured below. It uses image sparingly and light subtlety to give full impact to the pristine colours illuminated through the glass.
Three of her "Prayer Dresses" are also included in the exhibition. These are made from silk saris in luxurious colour and hung to be reminiscent of buddhist prayer flags.
The Vulgar Painting
Marion's artist statement, a slightly shorter version of which is the text in the painting:
You may not be aware that cunt is a very ancient European word which simply named a woman’s genitals. It appears in ancient Basque, Old Norse, Old Frisian, Latin and Middle English. The medieval church believed that women disempowered men and led to their ruin. They gave cunt teeth and called it ‘The Mouth of Hell,’ as is illustrated in this miniature in the Winchester Psalter, c.1150. Cunt became an obscenity – an offence to print or utter. Why is it still the most vulgar word in the English language today?
Vaginas are not actually abhorrent things that only lead men to their ruin. But the words we choose are how we build ourselves. They communicate ideas about the culture we were brought up and live in. Sometimes swearwords are the right words at the time to get our point across or express the situation. But they all have original inexorable meanings that subtly affect our lives. If its not a bad thing, why use it as a bad word? Marion is asking us to be aware of our words.
And check out this Shakespearean insult generator if you need some help in thinking up imaginative insults!