Georg is one of my all time favourite artists! I bought one of her pieces recently through the incredible ARTIST SUPPORT PLEDGE .
Georg completed her Foundation Year at the Royal Drawing School in London , and is now completing her BA in History of Art at Oxford University. She will be completing her MA in Painting at the Royal College of Art this year.
Geog’s fabulous artworks are heavily inspired by myths, legends, fairytales, including the Grimm Brother’s pieces, and specifically the eponymous poem ‘Goblin Market’ by Christina Rossetti.
Her work, featured her, is part of her ongoing series called ‘Goblin Market’, based on the aforementioned Rossetti poem (1862), a Victorian tale of two young sisters that encounter goblins. The images are rich in luscious fruits, and depict the narratives evident in Rossetti’s original works including strict gender roles, and Christian narratives, while teasing out playful moments in the works.
The female figures in Wilson’s works are bored, sullen even. They largely ignore the tempting from the goblins, and look away or fight back.
Georg, I am such a huge fan of your work as you know. I've bought a piece of your before and it hangs pride of place on my wall. Tell me, what do you want your work to say?
I have been driven to make work that explored gendered aspects of European mythology and fairy tales, with the intention to playfully reverse their traditional roles. But I mostly want my paintings to be amusing. Despite the apparently sinister atmosphere of my ‘Goblin Market’ paintings where the roles of menacing goblin and fearful maiden are inverted, I hope viewers find my sulky girls endearing or funny.
Talk to us about colour:
I use a lot of lemon yellow and cobalt blue – I want my palette to convey a sense of fizzing intensity, even in night-time scenes.
I hope viewers find my sulky girls endearing or funny.
Who is your favourite femaleartist working at the moment?
Lisa Brice or Paula Rego – the sense of narrative in both their work continues to inspire me. I have always been influenced by the poses Rego chooses for her models- they are often comical or awkward.
Where does your inspiration come from?
Mainly from fairy tales and picture books that I was read as a child. The Brothers Grimm’ collection, ‘The Juniper Tree’ with illustrations by Maurice Sendak, Mervyn Peake’s drawings and books (especially ‘Titus Groan’), and Christina Rossetti’s Victorian poem, ‘Goblin Market.’