We are excited to welcome back the talented Audrey Pongracz
as she returns to 1xRUN with her first canvas gallery wrap The Gift - Available Here
. A very personal piece for Audrey, she will also be hand-embellishing each piece individually adding depth and making each piece unique.
In addition Audrey has brought us two different paintings, To Die For
as well as
My Poor Baby
both available here at 1xRUN. Both oil paintings were featured in the 323East Gallery Exhibition Beautiful Monstrosities in July of 2011.
"In the Victorian era, the poison arsenic was wrongly used on many occasions.
It was used in color pigments, like Emerald and Paris green, which was used for clothing and wallpaper. It was used in edible "beauty wafers" women would ingest to improve their complexion.
And once accidentally used in place of sugar.
In 1858 an estimated 20 people died when sweets were accidentally made with arsenic.
The incident was named "The Bradford Sweets Poisoning". "Humbug Billy", sold sweets from a stall in central Bradford.
He purchased his supplies from Joseph Neal, who made the sweets or "lozenges". The lozenges were peppermint Humbugs, made of peppermint oil, sugar and gum. At the time sugar was expensive and so Neal would substitute a cheaper substance known as "daft" for the sugar. Neal sent for one of his helpers one day to collect the "daft' from the pharmacy.
Well, on this day, the usual pharmacist wasn't there, and the fill-in accidentally sold 12 pounds of arsenic to Neal's helper.
The arsenic was then used in making the lozenges, they were sold and poisoned over 200 people, killing 20.
So I just kinda played off this, just instead of using the "humbugs" I used cake.
Because cake is fun to paint." - Audrey Pongracz
This RUN comes with an Original Artwork Letter of Provenance from 1xRUN.