About this artwork

Joyce Gunn Cairns’s paintings and drawings are intensely personal, exploring her own emotional and physical history and using her own body as a point of departure. The artist has said of this portrait: ‘I was reading Goethe’s Faust at the time and the etching is possibly a hybrid of Faust’s ambition allied to callousness, and Gretchen’s grief and fear when she is abandoned by Faust.’

Joyce Gunn Cairns

Joyce Gunn Cairns