Patricia Vaughan Flood: Mosque Sound and Colour
According to the Artland website, Patricia Vaughan Flood was born in 1919 and was primarily influenced by the 1930s growing up. Throughout the 1930s, many political ideologies such as Marxist Socialism, Capitalist Democracy, and the Totalitarianism of both Communism and Fascism were engaged in struggles for power, and characterised the political atmosphere of the era. In the United States, the Great Depression had a severe impact on artistic output, and artists began to focus on the idea of modesty and of the ordinary man on the streets. The focus of art in the United States also began to take a more political turn for the first time, and artists used these topics and ideas to attempt to impact society. Subjects such as poverty, lack of affordable housing, anti-lynching, anti-fascism, and workers' strikes became prevalent in the work of many artists. In Europe, Surrealism continued to be prominent, and had grown to have influence across the globe. Leading artists took the ideas posed by Surrealism and incorporated them into their pioneering political philosophies, creating a new kind of magic realism. This was epitomised in the work of artists such as Frida Kahlo and Diego Riviera in Mexico. In the Soviet Union, Stalin’s government was in dire need of urgent funds to implement the industrialisation of the Five Year Plan. In a covert bid to acquire funds, the government proposed to sell off assets from the State Hermitage Museum in Leningrad (St. Petersburg), which included some two hundred and fifty paintings by the Old Masters, a number of which had been deemed irreplaceable. Many of the pieces came to be owned by Andrew Mellon, via the New York based art dealing company, Knoedler. By the end of the decade, the Second World War had begun, having been aided by Adolf Hitler’s rise to power in Germany in 1933. This political turmoil would go on to preoccupy both artists and the global population.
The Work of Art
Sound and LIght (mosque) by Patricia Vaughan Flood is a veritable 'a thousand and one nights'. The work of art is a delicate formation of swirls which in itself mimicks islamic script. It is as if the call of the muzin could be portrayed onto paper using paint and ink.Islamic art in itself is highly structured and patterned. But where Flood's work contrasts with the style, it does complement through its attention to detail. It is a great work to just view and contemplate style. This work was created in 1987 and purchased by the University of Canberra in 1990. It is the only representative work of art by this artist.