Fifth Award: Dancing Lady, by Andrea Lo
This picture was submitted for an exhibition which I recently organised in a local public library.
If I were to try to describe why it appeals to me so much, I would have to say that it is something to do with combination of the bizzare/surreal and the girly/camp and kitsch qualities of the picture and the way in which they come together with this interesting technique of colouring in and outlining the shapes produced from marbling the paper.
Also, I like the slightly incongruous looking addition of the wine bottle, which kind of breaks the rigorous adherence to the system, and which could perhaps as easily be seen as naive, or as a sign of cynical sophistication…
And the dancing lady looks as though she’s having the time of her life!
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Andrea Lo is an engineer by profession, but has continued since a young age to draw and do other art and craft work during her spare time.
Dancing Lady represents a stylistic departure from most of the work that she has done previously. Andrea said that she got the idea to try marbling paper after she saw a friend doing it. She then examined the results and allowed the shapes of the marbling to suggest the final form of the picture via a kind of pareidolia.
Marbling with food colouring on paper, reworked with coloured pencils
Presenting the award.