Beginning Artwork for The Cape Leopard Trust

Leopard, original shape received to transform into artwork. Wood. 2016
Leopard, original shape received to transform into artwork. Wood. 2016

Thinking about the leopard in my studio in London, the contrasts and contradictions between the urbane and the natural habitat of this carnivore became more evident.

In the West, it seems that this fantastic creature has been co opted by the heady glitz and glamour of the fashion world and commodified into a reality very different from it’s own.

Initially, I thought I should elaborate and comment on this idea by stylising and repeating the shape to echo the work of Gautier, Dolce, Muccia and friends……

 

Leopard repeated as design element, work in progress, 2016.
Leopard repeated as design element, work in progress, 2016.

 

However, somewhere in my heart, the African Bush beckoned.

 

Leopard Markings, work in progress, 2016
Leopard Markings, work in progress, 2016

 

Working on the idea of ‘marking’….whether on the animal itself or actual prints left in the sand, I marvelled at the splendour and variety of creation. I remembered times spent watching secretive leopards in their natural habitat. I realised that no stylisation, simplification or artfulness was appropriate for a work celebrating the splendour of such a magnificent cat.

 

 

 

 

 

 

2 Comments on “Beginning Artwork for The Cape Leopard Trust

  1. I have known & admired Francine for many years ,I just am wild about her f
    Talents& versatility & enthusiasm for life
    Regards jules

  2. Francine…. I loved following your thought process about the leopard…. my favorite of all creatures:)
    I particularly loved where you ended up…
    Besides the sometimes wonderful mostly tacky commodifications … nothing can touch the real deal
    in its African habitat!! Bravo for the glorious art and for sharing a tiny part of the the process.
    much love and misses.
    xox

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