Fairy tales and nursery rhymes have always interested me for what they tell us about gender roles. Historically the female protagonist was shown as a passive participant in her own story, yet these traditional fairy tales remain popular amongst young girls growing up against a backdrop of feminist movements. In this series, I aim to overlay these feminist messages against old fashioned rhymes and story-telling, using both text and imagery to highlight the often complex and contradictory lessons we teach our children.

Handle with  care, Acrylic and oil on canvas, 2020, 80cm x 116cm, framed in oak $1,750. Available from Art to Art. Find out more about this painting here.

Snow White, Acrylic and oil on canvas, 2020, 80cm x 116cm, framed in oak $1,750.

Available from Art to Art.

Princess and the pea
Acrylic and oil on canvas, 2020, 53cm x 63cm, framed in oak. Winner of the Art to Art Uncovered Prize 2020. SOLD
Sleeping beauty
Acrylic and oil on canvas, 2020, 53cm x 63cm, $500 framed in oak.
Available from Art to Art.
Wise bird
Acrylic and oil on canvas, 2020, 104cm x 104cm, $2,000 framed in oak.
Available from Art to Art.
Knight in shining armour
Acrylic and oil on canvas, 2020, 51cm x 15cm, $650.
Available from Bluethumb and ArtLoversAustralia.
Red riding coat
Oil on printed canvas, 2018, 76cm x 61cm, sold.
Little red
Mixed mixed on board, 2018, 78cm x 53cm, framed, sold.
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Open shut them
Plastic ballerinas and metallic enamel paint on wood, 41cm x 39cm, $450.
Little Mermaid
Acrylic and oil on canvas, 66cm x 66cm, $750.
Reach for the stars
Limited edition screen print on archival paper, frame size 56cm x 38cm, $210 unframed.
Kiss the girls
Artist proof screen print on archival paper, frame size 42cm x 42cm, $260 unframed, $350 framed.
Open shut them
Artist proof screen print on archival paper, frame size 42cm x 42cm, $260 unframed, $350 framed.
Open shut them
Artist proof screen print on archival paper, frame size 42cm x 42cm, $260 unframed, $350 framed.
When she was bad she was horrid
Artist proof screen print on archival paper, frame size 42cm x 42cm, $260 unframed, $350 framed.
The cradle will fall
Artist proof screen print on archival paper, frame size 42cm x 42cm, $260 unframed, $350 framed.
Like a diamond
Artist proof screen print on archival paper, frame size 42cm x 42cm, sold out.
She sells sea shells
Artist proof screen print on archival paper, frame size 42cm x 42cm, $260 unframed, $350 framed.
Along came a spider
Artist proof screen print on archival paper, frame size 42cm x 42cm, $260 unframed, $350 framed.
Message in a teacup
Found objects, 20cm x 20cm x 20cm.
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Leah Marie Mariani

ABN 60 749 478 239

Surrey Hills, Australia 3127 

info@leahmariani.com

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