The Dance Line Frieze

The image of the Dance Line comes from an interest in narrative storytelling within my work, the use of the single reproduced female image and is based historically in the Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphic visual language. Here each figure was given a mathematical defined space within the panel and yet within this individual section I explore the space and the figure can adopt any pose.

Within this context I am establishing a dialogue within the frieze so that the story unfolds from figure to figure. The drapery links the figures and directs the visual understanding of the piece.

The Dance Line is the joining of three historical elements: the classical frieze, the linear design of the 1930s frieze and the contemporary social commentary that we are surrounded with today in magazines and on television. This narrative story telling, communicates through shape, line and form the reality of the body, the weighty presence of the figure and yet the figures are lively and dynamic.

In direct response to the contemporary dance, opera and theatre that I find so endlessly inspiring, I explored movement and individuality in a line of female figures, partially draped in the Classical Style as a means to echo historical sources such as the Parthenon Friezes, the Lalique figures in glass and a simplicity to the design runs through the whole panel. These figures are individuals structured in poses yet holistically joined as one stressing the inter dependence of each figure.

Installed in Nell Gwynn House, Knightsbridge, London  as part of the original 1930’s building, Tim Gosling  has used the same 1930’s ethos and sense of detail in this inspired interior.