Anita Haywood

Metamorphosis of the Figure

In Anita's recent figurative work, "Dolls Have Feelings Too", the story started in a studio at The Slade School of Fine Art University College London, when she rapidly drew a huge doll caricature on a large sheet of paper. Two dolls had been anthropomorphised into a precocious, demanding little girl who is not playing but grabbing and controlling the male teddy bear. Possibly a sort of role reversal.

The bear is glum and unable to be freed from the pink lacquered nails digging into his body. He looks down in despair and agony. The confident gaze of the high maintenance doll on the other hand, is direct and daring the viewer to acquiesce in her exploits. 

The dolls float in a sky of crimson with reflecting bubbles that sometimes become worlds and others vaporous light. Maybe the bubbles do the dolls' bidding too.

The gaze is paramount in Anita's compositions. There is significance if it is hidden, and generally holds a narrative when disclosed.

Swiss sculptor Alberto Giacometti said that what makes a living person alive was without doubt his gaze. "… they are more than true, because they have a gaze. Not the imitation of eyes, but really and truly a gaze. Everything else is only the framework for the gaze."

Anita's artwork is not the visible world, but capable of embodying hidden truth, that is a reinvention of the physical world.

The British painter Francis Bacon deformed his images on an instinctual level that brought him "nearer to the actual fact of being a human being". It made him aware of reality.


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