|Fanny Cornforth (1850s) D G Rossetti|
|Take the dress from Found|
|The bracelet of Lady Lilith|
|The shawl of Belcolore|
|Some beads from Monna Vanna|
|More beads from Fair Rosamund|
|The marigolds of Bocca Baciata|
|Ophelia (2010) Karen Jones|
|My Ophelia (2010) Karen Jones|
|The Shore (2010)|
|Ophelia (1 and 2)|
I went to the exhibition at the Beecroft and had my breath taken from me as Karen's work was so very beautiful. Her tribute to Fanny, her understanding of the person behind the myth of a muse made me quite emotional as I have spent so many years striving for people to see Fanny as more than the jolly tart, a foolish interlude between the two great loves of Rossetti's life. What I find in Karen's work is a reflection of my own conviction that Fanny is a great goddess, a figure of power and beauty who is nobody's interlude. For me, Fanny will always be the main event.
To see more of Karen's work, please visit her website and stare in delight and wonder.