anne russell
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oracle: twisted

oracle: twisted

The Oracle series started as a contemplation of the idea of woman as vessel. Vessel, meaning a container, a conduit, a ship: all of its many meanings. I'm also interested in the female body and the female form as it is so often depicted, as an object, a static thing to be observed and judged. In each example in the Oracle series, the figures have open mouths where you would least expect them, and they are talking back to the viewer in no uncertain terms. To me, they are solemn, wise, earthy and vocal, speaking to us from the deepest places in the body and in the ground.

The classical Oracle is a fixed source of wisdom to which one would journey to pose a question. Oracle: Twisted takes that idea and asks, what if the Oracle itself must uproot and journey in the search for wisdom?

"Powerlessness and silence go together."
- margaret atwood