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I recently saw the above work in person at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Madison, Wisconsin. I’d never heard of Gina Litherland before, or of Midwest Surrealism – nor did I believe really and truly that Magical Realism could be considered “Real Art” instead of being confined to the attic room of “Illustration.” This artist’s works struck a chord with me. I saw myself looking out of Red Cap’s eyes, out of the eyes of the Queen in the wood, traversing snow in brocade shoes.

These are the things I would paint if I were a real painter instead of a metalsmith.

I must take up brush again, and give form to some of the ideas pressing long against the inside of my eyes…