Artists’ Notes or “What is this painting about??”

October 10, 2011

I sold two paintings at the  Optomeyes Exhibition last weekend at the Long Gallery, Salamanca Place, Hobart.  Both were done about 5 years ago, and one of them was quite unlike any other I’ve done.

The Curators didn’t allow Artist’s Notes, so it was really interesting to quietly linger and hear what viewers thought of “Noir Canard”.  I think the general consensus was that it related to vegetarianism.  Wouldn’t I love to see the purchaser’s face when they get it unwrapped and discover my notes on the back? If only.

What do you think that “Noir Canard” is about?

I don’t think you’re likely to come up with what was really on my mind, but I’d love to hear your guess. (comments, below, please) No scrolling down to my notes until you’ve thought about it!

Margaret Sonnemann painting "Noir Canard"

Can you guess what's happening in "Noir Canard"?






This is what the purchaser of my painting found on the reverse:

Noir Canard

This painting, with more than a hint of the absurd, contains references to the genre of noir filmmaking, paying special tribute to Hitchcock.  Here is no allegory, only a visual re-thinking of some of the familiar trappings of the noir genre – intense shadows, a doorway, a stream of light discovering a suspicious object, a silhouetted stranger.

The inspiration behind this particular silhouetted stranger came simply from the combined sounds of the words “noir” (black) and “canard” (duck) in French.

“A murder without gleaming scissors is like asparagus without Hollandaise Sauce – tasteless.”

– Alfred Hitchcock –


One Response to “Artists’ Notes or “What is this painting about??””

  1. tazzieval Says:

    I thought the little black duck was going to take the scissors to clip the wings of her children so they couldn’t fly away and leave her to cope with the darkness alone!

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