About “She Will Rise”
“She Will Rise. With a spine of steel and a roar like thunder, she will rise.”
I have used armour on my women in the past, as a metaphor for strength, resilience and layers of experience and knowing. The ultimate ‘tough hide’ and ‘steel magnolia’. This year I wanted to focus my attention on the use of armour and integrate my trademark embellishments and adorments. When I was invited to participate in Imagination Reimagined I chose to ‘reimagine’ She-Ra, who with her armour and magic sword was in keeping with this direction. She was strong but also clever and resourceful and worked for the betterment of Etheria without harming others. I liked that. She didn’t rely on men to help her and she was capable of outsmarting the bad ones in every episode I saw! Here she rises up, in the wasteland that the evil Hordak would create if he could. She is confident, brave, and battle ready!
Marie Larkin is an Australian Pop Surrealist. Her art embodies an undeniably feminine oeuvre, meticulous execution and attention to detail. Works in painting, drawing and sculpture have been inspired by fairytale and nursery rhyme narratives, pop culture, beauty and the feminine persona.. She creates richly coloured, finely detailed, alternate worlds inhabited by beautiful girls, strange and mesmerising, with expressive eyes and dark natures. Most recently, female characters have an undeniable feminine force, strong, empowered and aloof. Her bodies of work continue to mature, gaining greater sophistication of style and consistency throughout.. Paintings and drawings retain her signature women who embue the works with narrative and emotional content.
Marie Larkin has a Bachelor of Art Education and has been a visual artist and art teacher since 1980. She gained national recognition and success in the 1990’s as an embroiderer.
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