of her work? Is there anything further you can reveal about the imagery you employ?

AD: I had not been aware of her work but I am now and have become fascinated with it. Chastity the Puppeteer was the first of what I had hoped would be paintings to do with the vices of mankind; as yet she is the only one to have materialised. I can see what could be other paintings in the series for avarice or gluttony, but that would be me just controlling the situation. I will just have to wait and hope. I agree completely with what you said about The Jester, and I’d like to emphasise the “larger-than-life force beyond humanity manipulating the strings of mortal ‘puppets’”.

If strings are emotions combined with will, then I think that answers it perfectly. The strings being manipulated by the puppeteer feel to me as if they represent her emotions transmitting her wilfulness to her subjects, in this case the puppets themselves. She is so caught up in being “chased” that her only freedom is in manipulating others.

SDk: There’s also what appears to be a very strong social-psychological commentary running through many of your paintings. Can you elaborate on this aspect of your work? Is there a link here with the metaphysical themes?

AD: Yes; anyway, the images can relate to each other and bounce off their situations within the painting. They can confuse emotion, alter conception, and

alert the imagination – these effects would have to be metaphysical. Why do we do what we do, and what guides our social behaviour? I think in the later works these questions have become more prominent – the Hussys have established their presence and are more able to react to situations. Some of the earlier paintings have more to do with whom or what the Hussy was; they were the creation of themselves. Now there is more assurance and the situations can become complex. Why is one thing considered wrong and another right: if these decisions are being based out of ignorance or arrogance, then they are totally without value.

In No Choice But To Leave there is the judgement being made between people’s rights and what’s seen as their duty. They are inseparably tied together, the cord. She indeed has a right to stay, that would be a given, in that there is no proposed wrong, yet feels there is a duty to leave. But who decides that duty – the good or the evil influences that surround her? The proposed wrong here cannot be that she is different from the other Hussys because they are all of a similar nature.

So does the freedom of her rights become the focus of the others’ action? Or is it their perception that she is different the only guiding force in the decision-making process?

SDk: Much of the social comment seems to concern individual identity and

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