All That is Made is Made to Decay by Maria Gordon, 2020
All That is Made is Made to Decay by Maria Gordon, 2020

All That is Made is Made to Decay by Maria Gordon, 2020

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Maria Gordon is a self-taught illustrator and designer based in Madrid. Her work is inspired by European folk art, children’s illustration, and her own vivid and delicate pictorial world. In her work, if highly decorative and pleasing, each figure, fruit and flower carries a meaning or symbolism that changes and deepens the work’s meaning.

This collection of watercolours demonstrates the recurrent themes and imagery in her world of contrasts: where innocence and experience, purity and lust, flora and fauna, city and country settings, all battle while co-existing in a lyrical balance.

A song by one of Maria's all-time favourite outsiders, Daniel Johnstone's An idiot's End inspires this drawing, the melancholy of all beauty dying under a burning sun captured by the songwriter as poignantly as in Gordon's intricate and charming work:

She leans forward for me to see
That the lights of her majesty
She's tempting me with a razorblade
But time is money at a penny arcade
And there's forgiving in the shadows
And the birds that are afraid of being laid
The court jester holds up a light bulb and says
all that is made is made to decay

Watercolour on 300 gr Arches paper
Measurements: 29.7 x 42 cm (A3)

£240 unframed / £258 framed

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