Fanny Brennan. Her artwork is truly remarkable. The size of her canvas rarely exceeds two and a half inches square. The amount of detail and intricacy in each lithograph is extraordinary. And that is at first glance. Looking closer at this tiny portal of a moment you notice more: whimsy, irony, unbridled commentary, details which turn the petite focused nature of her works into inspiring masterpieces.
Before today I did not know who Fanny Brennan was. I still know very little about her, her inspirations, her life story and all the other information one is supposed to know about an artist. What I do know is that her works provided an inspirational association for Aki and myself. She has a book Sky Shades, published in 1990, which presents sixty of her works. I had the time to thumb through it this afternoon and I await purchasing it when we get off the ship.
What I draw from Fanny Brennan’s works is a focus on the detail of a scene blended with an exquisite sense of the necessary counterpoints that turn a small square into a stadium of ideas.