'Suspended in Time' by Louise McNaught, 2021
Extra large edition.
39.4 x 31.5 Inches
Giclée print on deckled edge 330gsm Somerset Velvet fine art paper.
Limited Edition of only 10 (#1/10)
Hand-signed and numbered by the artist bottom right.
ABOUT THE ART
This piece was inspired by how beautiful women are often cursed or turned to stone in Greek mythology, and one of our most beautiful creatures is the Snow Leopard. In a way it too is also cursed for its beauty as it’s been hunted to near extinction for its amazing silver fur, and also to be used traditional Asian medicine.
It has been depicted here falling through the dreamy clouds towards its fate, ‘ frozen’ or suspended in time with droplets of water that hang in the air- as this beautiful cat may become a part of the past if we are not careful and protect what we have left....
A percentage from the sale of this print goes to the Snow Leopard Trust (snowleopard.org)
Louise McNaught completed her Fine Art Degree BSc (Hons) in 2012 at the University of Greenwich, and she has continued to work as a professional artist ever since, with international representation....
Louise‘s creations feature nature, animals, and the celestial realm in glorious, blazing neon hues, where the animals are God-like, Sublime and ethereal in their luminescence. McNaught's work is motivated by emotive and spiritual experiences which has manifested in a mixed-media approach. Her soft style suggests a delicate relationship between nature and ourselves, making a clear point about man's destruction of nature - which flutters jewel-like in the balance. When focusing on endangered species the imagery often takes on a duality of not only what is happening to the animal itself, but also relfects how we feel psychologically about the effect the human race is having on these species.
By subverting traditional representation she hints at darker consequences, yet paradoxically giving animals an elevated status. Her animals are a medium for self-expression, as lack of conext and background suspends the creatures in an internal or even numinous space, where they become a metaphor for the human condition and psyche.
Just as we use highlighters to mark areas of importance, McNaught is doing this with fluorescent media. By drawing the viewers attention to the animals presence and energy, McNaught is hoping to share with the viewer the awe that the natural world inspires within her.