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"Melpomene" - in issue 7

My name is   Fiona   Bratherton , I am an artist and illustrator based in the North West of England. As well as attempting to get my work exhibited, occasionally successfully, I produce small press zines that sell internationally and have designed numerous posters for gigs and other events. My illustrations have appeared in a number of publications, as well as on the cover on an ebook.

I work predominantly in various forms of watercolour, and my work is largely concerned with the exploration of symbolism and iconography. My work leans on the lowbrow and ephemeral, underdogs and pop culture; and attempts to enter a dialogue with the viewer via the connotations and denotations of visual motifs. Only, less pretentious than that.

About work: “Melpomene”

I decided not to look up the quote that we were given – although I actually thought it was biblical, what the angels said to the Magi or something. I started thinking about how vague the given directions are, and how that related to the journey of trying to ‘make it' as a full time illustrator, and the romanticism of the ‘starving artist'. The piece – which is a collage using gouache, watercolour pencils and ink pens - depicts the Greek muse Melpomene, the muse of tragedy, (as denoted by the tragedy mask). She has the aulos flute of the muse Euterpe (muse of elegy) in her hair. I guess it's about how a person's impulses might force them to continue a journey, even when they no longer believe it'll lead anywhere. Only, less pretentious than that.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fiona Bratherton

 

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