The word to describe artist and print maker Prue MacDougall also describes her art; Capricciosa, Italian for quirky, wayward, mischievous and whimsical. Her current allegorical images are peppered with visual puns as well as referencing Giuseppe Arcimboldo. These prints are meant to amuse, but they also symbolise natures cleverness mixed with MacDougall’s fertile imagination. Before all of this occurs MacDougall must go on a hunt.
Like a magpie, she browses junk shops and bottom drawers for bizarre bits of bling, feathers and pearls to concoct an elaborately bejewelled crown that forms the basis for some of these works. There’s a biographical element too. She incorporates her life’s experiences and encounters with humans, their quirks, glories and ugliness.