SHANI RHYS JAMES 'ANTIGONE AUTOMATED' - 5/6 TO 7/7/15


CHORUS (Quote from Antigone by Jean Anouilh)

“The spring is wound up tight. It will uncoil of itself. That is

what is so convenient in tragedy. The least little turn of the wrist will do

the job. Anything will set it going:

lifting her arms to her hair as you go by;

a glance at a girl who happens to be

a feeling when you wake up on a

fine morning that you’d like a little respect paid to you today, as if it were

as easy to order as a second cup of coffee;

one question too many, idly

thrown out over friendly drink

and the tragedy is on.



The rest is automatic. You don’t need to lift a finger.

Friction. Death, treason, and sorrow are on the march; and they move in

The machine is in perfect order; it has been oiled ever since time began, and it runs without

the wake of storm, of tears, of stillness. Every kind of stillness.”



Antigone is an example of someone who didn’t compromise. She knew the consequences of burying her brother Polynices would be fatal and she would be walled up for her actions. But she felt it had to be done. As an artist in this time and as a painter, I feel that I have been swimming against the tide. To see it out by living in an isolated spot with no escape and just paint for thirty years has been a little like being under the radar, walled up, in a sense, by choice, quietly just getting on with it - knowing it was for the long term, to listen to one’s own truth and slowly develop, and there have been no short cuts.

Shani Rhys James, 2015



Black Cot II
oil on canvas . 210 x 210 cm





Yellow Dress Black Jacket
oil on canvas . 245 x 336 cm





Bed and Wallpaper
oil on canvas . 210 x 210 cm





The Actress
oil on canvas . 137 x 105 cm





Mam a Merch oil on canvas . 154 x 154 cm





Red Dolls House
mixed media automata sculpture with sound . height 142 cm





Red Ground
oil on canvas . 210 x 180 cm





Child & Pram
oil on canvas, 180 x 180 cm





Pram
mixed media automata sculpture . height 80 cm





Study for Automata
mixed media on paper . 50 x 70 cm





Study of Pram
mixed media on paper . 50 x 70 cm





Study for Cot Series
mixed media on paper . 84 x 118 cm





Tapping Hand
mixed media automata sculpture with sound . height 160 cm





Blue Top
oil on canvas . 183 x 244 cm





Red Ground II
oil on canvas . 244 x 244 cm





Giant Black Chandelier
oil on canvas . 153 x 102 cm





Flock Wallpaper
oil on canvas . 40 x 40 cm





Bedsit III oil on canvas . 61 x 61 cm





Shaking Cot
mixed media automata sculpture . height 112 cm





The Cot
oil on canvas . 180 x 210 cm





Inner Room
oil on canvas . 180 x 210 cm





Roundy Round
mixed media automata sculpture . height 165 cm





Chicken Coop III
oil on canvas . 183 x 213 cm





Chicken Coop II
oil on canvas . 183 x 213 cm





Head 1 - 7
oil on board . 18 x 13 cm each





Revisited / Studio Head
oil on canvas . 31 x 25 cm





Figure in the Shadows
oil on board . 60 x 30 cm





One Passing Moment
oil on canvas . 80 x 40 cm





Mallett, Nail & Petals
oil on board . 50 x 100 cm