I am very pleased to share that I will be participating in Meinhart Gallery’s “Midsummer Night’s Dream” exhibition with my painting Titania. Meinhart Gallery is located at 6 East Holly Avenue in Pitman, Jersey, and the exhibition will run Tuesday, August 5 through September 30, 2014. There will be a Fourth Friday reception on August 29 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM.
When I first learned of the exhibition, I was unsure of what I could submit for the show. I had previously done a painting of Titania with Bottom, for those who recall the characters from Shakespeare’s play. I felt that the work was actually too sweet for the kinds of things I usually enjoy painting, and did not want to submit it. I had begun work of another faerie personage recently, and after considering it for awhile, decided she would be a perfect Titania.
Titania is a character in Shakespeare’s play A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and in that play, she is the Queen of the Fairies. Because of the popularity of Shakespeare’s play, Titania has popped up as the Queen of the Fairies in other works of fiction as well. Edmund Spencer’s poem, The Faerie Queen, places Glorianna, Queen of the Fairies as the descendent of Titania. In more modern literature, Titania appears as a character in Neil Gaiman’s Sandman series. In 1999, Titania was played by Michelle Pfeiffer on film.
I wanted my own Titania to reflect my personal thoughts and beliefs about the Fae and to reflect perhaps a more multicultural look than Shakespeare originally intended. She wears beads and feathers of Red, Yellow, Black, and White, which are the colors of the Four Sacred Directions in Native American and African Congo belief. Her crown bears both ram’s horns and deer’s horns. The ram is representative of the God Amun of the Egyptians, and the deer horns are representative of Celtic Gods of the Hunt, such as Herne and Cernunnos. The flowers and the feathers together give me the sense of wildness that I would expect to see in a character such as Titania.
I am thrilled of course that my Titania will be joining the other offerings at Meinhart Gallery and I can't wait to see who else is going to show up! I hope to see some of you there!