|"Carried Off" 36" x 24" Oil on Canvas
The catalyst for this work was a preparatory study for
one of Goya’s Capricio etchings They Carried Her Off, c.
1797. This is one of Goya’s many etchings illustrating
the darker side of humanity. The figures together form
a pictograph of the letter 'M' resembling the signature
stamp found on Lowe’s works. Lowe elaborates on Goya’
s narrative with characters from a Fuseli Painting
Dighton and Forrest, the Murderers of the Princes, c.
1782. This reference to a grim scene from William
|Shakespeare's Richard III heightens the tension of the narrative and alludes to
the internal conflict of such villains. Sin, personified as an androgynous
apparition, sits perched atop the victim awaiting the scene to play out.