Fantastica (Blue II) is part a series of drawings which take their title directly from Michael Ende’s ‘The Never Ending Story’, in which Fantastica is a boundless fantasy realm. Conflating the abstract and the literal, Douglas’ fantastical spaces invite us to question the boundaries between reality and fiction in an imaginary world which is unmistakably her own.
Although idiosyncratic in style, Douglas’ work is full of possible interpretations and multitudes of meanings. The immediate sense of playful intuition belies a far more rigorous and demanding investigation of ‘matter’ and its conceptual significance. Hence, the viewer is offered a world which is vibrant and visually pleasing but also complex and quite disorientating.
Drawings such as Fantastica (Blue II) are created in response to the thought processes the artist goes through when thinking through the making of an object. For this reason her drawings are often presented alongside her sculptural work as well as by themselves. She explains,
"The drawings act like maps or codes that need to be cracked before the viewer can fully experience the sculptures or installation and yet, in making these drawings, intricate and intriguing worlds of fantasy are created”.