Lady of the Wild Things, 1983

240 x 180 x 100 cm

Cosmic Dramas series.

Painted steel, glass prism, alumium mesh, synthetic fibres, l.e.d.s, electronic sound to light system.

Three years before making Lady of the Wild Things Lijn had come across a photo of herself with an early painting. She was amazed to see a prismatic bird goddess, gigantic against a turbulent sky. Lijn took her title from Robert Graves who mentions the Lady of the Wild Things in his Greek Myths.

Lady of the Wild Things is a lunar archetype. Her light side, arrayed in red and green, a constant reminder of opposites, is showy and seductive and activated by sound. Her dark side, often unseen and acknowledged, is both threatening and all embracing.

Photograph by Thierry Bal