Performance by Linda Adair

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Linda Adair



40 x 60 cm | 15 1/2 x 23 1/2 in

oil on panel

This work is on loan from a private collection.

This work was inspired by histories of actual female duels, I then expounded on that idea by imagining it as the basis for a theatre play or opera. 

“We were like two performers in a play, but we were divided, we were not acting with one another. We had to endure it alone, we had to put up this show, this miserable, sham performance for the sake of all these people I did not know and did not want to see again.”  Daphne du Maurier, Rebecca


These women in carnival costumes and masks are preparing for their performance, in this case the duel. 

I was thinking of the sex industry and those who perform the “duel” for others’ entertainment. I am expressing some of the characters’ emotions as they wait backstage.