Wishbone are pleased to announce the latest release from Mark Davies. The ‘Story Teller’ collection is based on Fairy Tales with a darker edge that leads the viewer into a deeper sense of consideration for the stories they depict.
‘A light-filled room is the setting for this intriguing interpretation of Rumpelstiltskin originally told by the Brothers Grimm. Taking centre stage is an industrial alternative to the typical wooden spinning wheel that mimics the story’s German heritage and better suits the intensity of the volume of straw that was turned into gold. This piece references the anger and lies that run through the story and through subtle clues and tiny detail plot out the key points and characters from this childhood classic.’
‘Avoiding the much used cottage in a wood clearing synonymous with Hansel and Gretel, you are instead exposed to a vast space and a very different environment than you first thought existed. This piece magnifies the sense of scale whilst representing the act of being tricked and misled with wonderfully enticing sweets and cakes sitting amongst the rawness of black magic, witchcraft and imprisonment that pays homage to the dark minds of the Brothers Grimm. The devil is in the detail, literally.’
‘Poverty and hardship exist side by side with wealth and power in a striking rework of Benjamin Tabart’s Jack and the Beanstalk. Portraying mans’ effect on the landscape in both a positive and negative way we see the emptiness of Ypriana Farm sat in the shadows of two monstrous plants that loom upwards towards the sky. This piece cleverly depicts how a futile but honest attempt to work in harmony with nature contrasts with the ramifications that exist from the giant that man has come to fear.
‘Set in a harsh and afforested Bavaria, this takes the classic tale of Rapunzel by the Brothers Grimm to a completely different place where greed, deceit, lust and wrath combine and burn to devastating effect. In the pursuit of love a gleaming German sports car lies abandoned in front of a crumbling tower where the innocence of love meets a destructive force, where is everybody? This is no fairy tale but is there a happy ending? We have only just scratched the surface.’
‘There was an old woman who lived in a shoe, when the Iron Lady ruled the roost but didn’t know what to do. This piece combines political undertones with feel good childhood memories of the 1980s where a High Top meets a High Rise on a gritty and overcrowded housing estate where resilience shines through. A wonderful and surreal homage to a cracking decade or a quirky interpretation of an era that gave birth to the housing crisis due to a woman who got it wrong? Well if the shoe fits…’
‘Little Red Riding Hood was a seduction tale with a truly awful undertone that tore through the pages penned by the original author. A tale of disguise, trickery and appalling acts, all of which are confronted and embraced within this captivating piece that draws you in and keeps you there. A battle of the senses takes hold leading to confusion with brutal stripped back evil hidden behind delicate beauty whilst all the time in the background burns an act so destructive it surely can’t be real, can it?’
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