Each painting in this series is based on one of Margaret Atwood’s novels: The Edible Woman, Lady Oracle and Alias Grace.
This series bears the mark of struggle to find a metaphor for the relationship between women and creativity, the choices creative women make between creative lives and more readily acceptable ones, and a sense of belonging and home.
The characters in Atwood’s novels are not your typical heroines. They are often up to no good. In The Edible Woman, Lady Oracle and Alias Grace each protagonist leads a double life, one acceptable and expected, the other subversive, underground, unpredictable, often bad – but creative.
My interest in Atwood as a writer is twofold. On the one hand as an artist her work offers a sense of grounding in something identifiable, and on the other, her works are a type of road map for how women belong to creativity. This tension is at heart of these works.