Once Upon a Time

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John Workman

My work often refers to the past in style and subject matter. In this little glass-painting a boyish figure in 18 century clothes and wig, full of naive confidence, is explaining or negotiating something with a sinister cloaked figure. The grotto that frames them is based on the kind of rococo cartouches whose decorative swirls prefigure mandelbrot patterns. Behind the grotto and its figures lies an idyllic English landscape by the popular 20th century painter Vernon Ward.

It seems from all these narrative and stylistic clues that the piece must be full of meaning, but actually no meaning can be found, because the story behind it is missing.

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