Maryclare Foa ( as R & F Mo) has had two works selected for the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize.
R&F Mo, Cowboy Reflect Me and Person on Horse, 2020, screenshot from Trinity Buoy Wharf virtual online exhibition at https://drawingprojects.uk/index.php/exhibitions/currently-on-show
R & F Mo’s drawings, Person and Horse, 2020, 27 x 32cm, and Cowboy Reflect Me, 2020, 54 x 53cm, are both made in gouache and ink on cardboard. They explore relationships between animals and people – that can be treasured and unfathomable things, perhaps sometimes revealing the patience of animals and the fragility of people. Despite the imbalance of power still a person is most often exposed as the flawed and wanting party in a cross-species union. We often include animals in our pictures, having the presence of otherness, that is the contrast of a person and another creature together within the same frame, gives us a potential narrative to explore, and can offer the viewer multiple interpretations. The informality of cardboard gives the making process and the image a sense of play. This picture is a mixture of half-remembered and half-fictionalised ideas. Years ago, we took a road trip through Arizona and stopped to paint the rocks, there was a cowboy and a dog, perhaps a touch of Sam Shephard. Ambiguity of the subject is intended to suggest different interpretations (rather than direct one view), the cowboy looks both ways and holds up a mirror to the audience, breaking the fourth wall. We pose to each other in costumes, while animals patiently navigate us through their world.
Drawing Projects UK presented this online Drawing Discussion – with Anita Taylor, Tricia Gillman and R & F Mo – alongside the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2020 exhibition on Tuesday 19 January at 6pm.