the signal house
oil on linen, 2019
waking in the temple
men are half women,
notes on ecofeminism
frankly, my dear
Fascination is a word that is hard to bottle up and label with one meaning only.
Thankfully, like all great words and concepts, it resists such an action. How interesting though, to learn the etymology, that the common consensus on the root of the word stems from the Latin fascinus (charm, spell, witchcraft) and fascinare (bewitch, enchant). The root word encompasses both acts of speech and the supernatural.
The pieces in October’s issue speak to the fascination that a subject can exert on its author. The particularity of the worlds explored in each piece, from dams to glam to falling stars, created a kind of irresistible attraction for their authors —a spell or enchantment that compelled them to look closer, and closer, and closer. We hope, in turn, that the pieces they have created will fascinate you.
MARGIE SHEPPARD, our featured artist in Issue 5, is a painter and printmaker. She lives at Kangarilla, in the Adelaide Hills in South Australia. Her practice now spans 30 years; in recent years she has returned to oil painting and she is currently dividing her time between painting and printmaking. She also runs West Gallery, Thebarton. Artist's Website. Gallery Website.