Daphne Trophy: Apollo's Prize - Deirdre Macbeth

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Artist Statement

Deirdre Macbeth

During this academic year I have been making ceramics based on the Daphne myth with a particular interest in how Daphne felt about her transformation and whether she had regrets about what she had lost in order to retain her purity. For a new, refreshing injection of inspiration I searched the V&A collection of works featuring Daphne. Looking at the print I became intrigued by the idea of how the artist had attempted to express her transformation during the passage of time and impressed by the urgency and movement in the image. For my ceramic I tried to convey movement and temporality through a sense of movement in the wavy spiraling forms as her hair transforms into sprouting shoots and the change or flux from woman to tree through various textures and by applying oxides and glazes to the face in a free indefinite manner. I also wanted to include the question Daphne's emotions. The print inspired me to attempt this by including the touch of Apollo's hand upon her cheek.

Daphne Trophy: Apollo's Prize - Deirdre Macbeth

©Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Inspiration details:

The History of Apollo and Daphne

Print

Italy (made)

ca. 1532-35 (made)

Maître au Dé (printmaker) Romano, Giulio, born 1499 - died 1546 (from a design by, artist)

print on paper

V&A collection reference number(s):
DYCE.1128

2015 Exhibition Guide

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