Mary Mary Quite Contrary

The Nursery Rhyme series is a set of eight digital collages created using hand drawn imagines which are then assembled in the computer and converted into vector graphics.

The series was created in 2011 and inspired by the idea that traditional English Nursery Rhymes may originally have been based on historical people and events, disguised as satirical propaganda or political protest.

Mary Mary Quite Contrary
Mary Mary Quite Contrary is said to have been based on Queen Mary I, or Bloody Mary. The garden referred to is an allusion to the graveyards which were increasing in size with those who adhered to the Protestant faith. The silver bells and cockle shells were instruments of torture and the ‘maids’ were a device to behead people called the Maiden.

Giclee Print
Paper : Hahnemuehle Bamboo 290g
Size : 65 x 42 cm (incl a white border)
Edition of 250
Signed and numbered

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