Better Luck Next Time

Product Number: 2503

Artist: Ariane Heloise Hughes

Medium: Oil on Linen

Dimensions: 70 x 170cm (XL)

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Ariane Hughes is interested in the traditional representation of the swan being emblematic of love and unity despite its notoriously violent nature. Better Luck Next Time visually interrogates the juxtaposition of the swan’s semiotic value and its reality. While classically, the imagery of a pair of swans is seen as serene, balanced and beautiful, Better Luck Next Time’s sheer scale of the phallic swan-like forms almost threatens the viewer. This is offset by the sumptuous palette and sensitively layered rendering, acting as a visual metaphor for what is seen and what is known.