A journey by the artist aged 19, to see a performance of Wagner’s ‘Parsifal’ in Bayreuth, and a later re-tracing of that journey, led to a series of paintings depicted in ‘Do you know what you saw?’ as a projected slide-show. A theatre structure functions as a threshold to another reality; the (incomplete) slide narrative is intended to prompt the imagination of the viewer, further amplified by the use of music. Vickery’s deceptively simple painting technique adds to the overall air of enchantment in this piece.
The title of the work is taken from a line in the opera, which describes the disarray of a brotherhood of monks who guard the Holy Grail, and tells the tale of Parsifal, a simple innocent who eventually saves them through his quest for wisdom and compassion.
|Medium||Mixed media, slides|
|Dimensions||120 x 85 x 50 cm (theatre)|
|Credit Line||IMMA Collection: Purchase, 2004|
|Not on view|
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