Frozen Queen

Natasja Kensmil’s suite of paintings of Queen Elizabeth I effectively serve as posthumous counterpoints to traditional state portraits, exposing the anguished inner life and tragedy of their subject. The catalogue includes a conversation between the artist and Michael Stevenson. Kensmil comments that her imagery of fear and of anxiousness is derived from history, religion and mythology but also from the extremism of our time; that the present is determined by factors that extend decades into the past. Read more…