Women of the Forest
2018 - 2022
 
 WOMEN OF THE FOREST STATEMENT: JAMES WHITINGTON

 

On a visit to Tasmania, I was invited to a logger's keg drinking party in a timber town. Inside the house was a painting of a naked woman sitting in a tree. It expressed the idea that by cutting the tree down, the woman would be conquered. It was a logger's inspiration.

The series of paintings “Women of the Forest” is my response to this experience. I have made an attempt to integrate the female form with the trees, their limbs juxtaposed and aligned with the shape of the tree’s limbs - belonging to the tree.

The titles of some of the works evoke the ancient goddess myths of pre-industrial Europe. Goddesses such as Cybele, Rhea and Demeter were seen as protectors of nature and forest.
Any reference to the sacredness of forest was deposed by industrialisation.

Behind this work is a biocentric view that values forest and regrets the demise of its sacred alignment to the female figure.

First Meeting

First Meeting

145 x 113cm Acrylic on canvas

Second Meeting

Second Meeting

145 x 113cm Acrylic on canvas

Third Meeting

Third Meeting

145 x 113cm Acrylic on canvas

Fifth Meeting

Fifth Meeting

145 x 113cm Acrylic on canvas

Fourth Meeting

Fourth Meeting

113 x 145cm Acrylic on canvas

Sixth Meeting

Sixth Meeting

145 x 113cm Acrylic on canvas

Dancing

Dancing

150 x 120cm Acrylic on canvas 2020 $8000

Women of the Forest

Women of the Forest

150 x 120cm Oil on canvas 2019 $12,000

Dance

Dance

150 x 120cm Acrylic on canvas 2020 $10,000

Vertigo One

Vertigo One

150 x 108cm Acrylic on canvas

Sabbat

Sabbat

195 x 165cm Acrylic on canvas 2020 $15,000

Vertigo Two

Vertigo Two

150 x 108cm Acrylic on canvas

Sleep

Sleep

195 x 165cm Acrylic on canvas 2019 $15,000

Mother

Mother

165 x 165cm Acrylic on canvas 2020 $12,000

Saved

Saved

165 x 165cm Acrylic on canvas 2021 $12,000

Nature Study

Nature Study

165 x 165cm Acrylic on canvas 2019 $14,000

The Blue Rose

The Blue Rose

120 x 165cm Oil on canvas 2019 $7000

Cybele in Storm

Cybele in Storm

165 x 165cm Acrylic on canvas 2019 $10,000

Edge of the Forest

Edge of the Forest

160 x 160cm Acrylic on canvas 2019 $10,000

Jacee Green

Jacee Green

165 x 165cm Acrylic on canvas 2020 $12,000

Attis and Cybele

Attis and Cybele

122 x 180cm Oil on canvas 2018 $9500

Sunlight on the Angopheras

Sunlight on the Angopheras

165 x 195cm Acrylic on canvas 2019 $14,000