The Evolution of Agatha Christie, Seven Dials, London, UK (2019)
‘The Evolution of Agatha Christie’, a mixed media artwork by London based artist Iona Rowland, commemorates ninety years of Christie’s novel ‘The Seven Dials Mystery’. The piece comprises multiple layers of acrylic and spray paint, over which the artist has silk screen printed an archival image of Christie taken in 1926. With each silk screen print the image subtly changes, shifting according to where the viewer is standing. The artist says ‘the repetition and transposing of imagery communicates Christie’s dynamic and multi-faceted nature. It celebrates her as a creative literary force, but also as a woman evolving, adapting, becoming.’ Inspired by resampling methods utilised in early hip hop music, Iona has reworked the portrait using improvised cut and paste techniques. She describes herself as ‘a visual DJ, remixing archival imagery in order to resonate and engage with a contemporary audience’. Details.
Starry Starry Night, private commission, Cheshire, UK (2018)
Starry Starry Night is a private residential commission in Cheshire, UK. The large-scale artwork comprises four oil paintings on canvas, each 180 x 125 cm. The work references film stills from Chanel’s 2015 pearl eyewear campaign, shot by Karl Lagerfeld and featuring model Lily Rose Depp.