Madison's Lament


"Sarah Jane Parton explores the genre of self-portraiture; she often takes on the persona of the ingénue and references her childhood and adolescence. Kneeling and swaying to the music, the artist appears dressed as a mermaid in a clam-shell paddling pool. Madison’s Lament brings together sources as diverse as Sandro Botticelli’s painting Birth of Venus (1485), Darryl Hannah as ‘Madison’ in the 1984 movie Splash, and the childhood delights of Walt Disney’s animated film The Little Mermaid (1989)." - City Gallery