I have a bit of an obsession with unicorns (have done since I was a child) and they have featured a few times in my artworks.
Over the last couple of years I started printing and drawing unicorn skulls as I wanted to explore the idea of unicorns as an extinct animal rather than imaginary. I added the idea of materialism by adding gold in a couple of paintings; the unicorns skeletons have been buried in the ground for centuries and by digging searching for gold and diamonds the discovery of the unicorn is a more precious find.
I then went on to produce a unicorn skull inspired by the Mexican Day Of the Dead. I added gold paint and flowers in bright, neon pinks and oranges for a touch of colour.
The latest in the series is the following. Whilst at uni I researched unicorn legends for an project I was doing and came across the story of unicorns and Noah’s Ark. Legend has it that unicorns missed getting on Noah’s Ark and were drowned in the Flood hence, in the Middle Ages or so, when a Narwal’s horn was caught in a fisherman’s net, it was believed to belong to a unicorn’s.
‘Lost Treasure’ is inspired by this story.