Thursday, March 1, 2018

01 Paintings, PORTRAIT OF A LADY, of the 18th & 19th C., with Footnotes. #27

Romina Ressia, Argentina
The Woman & The Hen
Size: 11.8 H x 7.9 W x 0 in

A bedraggled hen is rescued from certain starvation by an old woman. The old woman leads a meagre existence, but willing and generously shares food and water with the hen. The hen, it turns out, is capable of laying crystal eggs which reveal within their shells visions of future disasters. The woman attempts to warn her neighbours of an impending flood, but is ridiculed and mocked by the whole village. The woman faces further threats from a young hoodlum who imagines that the hen might provide him with riches garnered by selling its crystal eggs.

Unwilling to lose the hen -- her only friend -- but also rather unwilling to give up the egg, the old woman again sees another vision in the egg which helps her determine that the best course is to give up the egg.

In spite of her now homeless state, the old woman never loses faith. She believes firmly in the ability of the hen to bring her luck. And indeed the folktale ends with the fulfilment of the old woman's dreams. More on The Woman & The Hen

Romina Ressia (born March 11, 1981) is a multi-award winning photographer and artist from Buenos Aires, Argentina. She is well known for her anachronisms and her strong Renaissance influence. Her works have been featured by The Huffington Post, Interview, Vanity Fair, Vogue Italia and The Wild Magazine, among others. The Wall Street International wrote, "Romina's photography provokes and challenges us to confront things which may seem uncomfortable however manages to provide a reassuring quality. This juxtaposition between comfort and uncomfortable is a powerful one which resonates throughout her practice.

Ressia was born on March 11, 1981, in Azul (Buenos Aires province), Argentina. At the age of 19 she moved to Capital Federal to study, where she graduated as an accountant with a Bachelor of Business Administration at the UBA. She later abandoned those professions to devote herself to photography. She studied photography, art direction and scenery at several institutions, including the Teatro Colon.

She started in fashion photography but was gradually moving to fine arts, venturing beyond photography into mixed media. Her works are represented by galleries in the UK, New York, Switzerland and Italy, and they have been exhibited in major cities such as New York, Milan, Zurich, Paris and Buenos Aires. More on Romina Ressia

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