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River E. C. Darling

The Magic Finger (2014)

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Roald Dahl’s work gives his young audience the instinctive fight or flight reaction through adult themes scarcely available to them in children’s literature. Death, survival and their struggle with morality forms a key theme in his writing. Although Quentin Blake’s illustrations have become synonymous with Dahl’s writing I decided to challenge...
Roald Dahl’s work gives his young audience the instinctive fight or flight reaction through adult themes scarcely available to them in children’s literature. Death, survival and their struggle with morality forms a key theme in his writing.

Although Quentin Blake’s illustrations have become synonymous with Dahl’s writing I decided to challenge myself with creating my own interpretation.

This is the turning point in “The Magic Finger” when the protagonist realises she has to have responsibility over her magical outbursts and right all the arm-swapping madness she’s caused before people die.

Acrylics on canvas board, 2014.

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River Darling graduated with a 2.1 from the Arts University in Bournemouth, where she studied Visual Communication after completing a Diploma in Art & Design specialising in hand-rendered...



River Darling graduated with a 2.1 from the Arts University in Bournemouth, where she studied Visual Communication after completing a Diploma in Art & Design specialising in hand-rendered animation. Her previous studies at Brockenhurst College comprised of Fine Arts, Ceramics and Photography, alongside English Language and Psychology.
Her work moves in contrasts; in bright colours such as those she found by wetting fossils as a child, painting ancient grey shells into pink, purple and blue watercolours. In the love of clean, bold, reproducible graphics, and the romantic grit of spontaneous brushworks and the tangible mark of a human hand. The fine balance where both mediums meet in strength are a fascinating challenge to her.

BA (Hons) Visual Communication
FdA Visual Communication
FDip Art and Design

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