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Painting Eyre

Charlotte Brontë's beloved novel Jane Eyre is a beautiful exploration of the way art can provide an internal liberation from circumstance. Both Brontë herself and her heroine Jane lead lives stifled by social convention but are able, in “silent revolt,” to subsist on the images and tales born of their imaginations. Jane boldly asserts,“Women are supposed to be very calm generally: but women feel just as men feel; they need exercise for their faculties, and a field for their efforts, as much as their brothers do.” It is in her powers of creativity that Jane says she finds the “incident, life, fire, feeling, that I desired and had not in my actual existence.”

This collection of ink and watercolor work inspired by Brontë's novel is a celebration of the internal and external landscapes of female artists. The first of the two triptychs is a selection of the watercolor paintings that Jane creates and describes in the novel. They feature female figures that dwell out-of-doors and are in communion with the natural world; their existences are free and powerful. The second triptych is a set of objects from Jane's everyday life described in the book. They represent the world assigned to Jane from which she manages to draw inspiration.

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