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The Artist's Turn
Perrin says the piece was done as a part of her senior Fine Art thesis at SUNY New Paltz.
I was exploring a few themes including history, women as icons, and relationships. I have always been fascinated by the story of Queen Elizabeth I. I am attracted to her bold actions as a female monarch and I looked to historical paintings of her for inspiration.
I depicted her holding an iguana to represent how her people thought of her as frigid, or cold-blooded, for defying conventions and not marrying. I wanted to portray her as strong woman whose love for her country trumped all.
I used unconventional materials and embroidered the heart as well as glued on small seed pearls to create a lavish and dynamic portrait.
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