Emily and the Ram, Conjuring by Annie Murphy-Robinson

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Annie Murphy-Robinson

Emily and the Ram, Conjuring


162.56 x 106.68 x [*] cm | 64 x 42 in

Sanded charcoal on paper

  • First Place ($2,500 Cash Award) / Drawing
  • Honorable Mention / Animals

"Conjuring" is an invitation to explore the magic of awakening youth, where the malleable personality is unlimited in its formation.  Attention is drawn to the figure and the concentrated focus and tentative reach towards the horn of the ram while he looks permissively towards the audience. My intent is that the touch of the girl can bring the ram to life. It is within this space that anything is possible.  Her earnest focus is willing the ram to come to life.

Visually, I am emphasizing the tactile contrast between the stained, tattered dress, the fur of the ram and the girl’s soft skin and hair. The tattered soiled gown and the bundled hair give Emily a spectral presence. Despite her disheveled appearance, she possesses a grace of yesteryear, the silent surrender of a lady-in-waiting. There is no indication of a time period, although I am alluding to the past.