Dara Scully, the artist of the week at Opiom Gallery in Cannes, loves to delve into the deep worlds of fantasy. In her exhibition, “a child is playing”, the imagination and secret world of children provides her with fertile ground for her stark imagery. Dark and brooding, the girls and boys are not what they seem, despite being “fair of face”.
“There’s a bird in my left lung, small and fragile, and he always speaks to me about beautiful things.Dara Scully
These Monday’s children hold a promise of wilfulness, strangeness and downright threat that belies their beauty. The images are rich monochrome and the children look like members of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, or The Orphanage. Those Peter Pan white collars on black tops, besides looking straight off the runway, have a very Catholic, Spanish flair, unsurprisingly as Scully lives and trained in Madrid.
A land of dark enchantment, you thought you’d safely locked away…DV
To read her bio, where she describes herself as a “tree” and having a :”a bird in my left lung, small and fragile, and he always speaks to me about beautiful things..”, is to fall under her spell. These are not simply beguiling pictures, but the key to another world with, perhaps different skies, full of strange clouds. A land of dark enchantment, you thought you’d safely locked away. Now the door is open….
Main image: THE CUT, 2015 – Dara Scully