Looking Through the Harem Window

This piece evokes the mystery of the orient, the glimpses of beauty, colour and culture glimpsed, but not entered into, by visitors. It was inspired by the glimpse caught of the young lovers in the garden. The ornamental bars, though beautiful, are a barrier to the viewer, prohibiting them from entering into the setting, and the life that the picture promises. Nonetheless, we see the bars beginning to fracture, suggesting a way through …

April Spiers Textile Curator

Hand embroidery and hand painted fabric.