The Giselle collection

Beyond reason

By Ailene Cuthbertson. Danced by Paige Cockerton.

© 2017, Ailene Cuthbertson, Beyond reason. Digital painting.
© 2017, Ailene Cuthbertson, Beyond reason. Digital painting.

He loves her not!

Albrecht tries to reach Giselle but she stares at him blindly, hardly knowing who he is, and dashes away. Her foot trips against Albrecht’s sword lying on the ground. She seizes it and madly plunges its point into her breast. Too late, Albrecht snatches the sword away from her and throws it aside.

Giselle is beyond reason. With her remaining strength, her feet uncontrollably re-dance the steps from the morning when she danced happily in love. But her heart isn’t in it and instead of leaping lightly, she crumples to the ground. As if the spell has broken, she realises what has happened. The horrified villagers try to help her but she pushes away their hands and runs, distraught, before casting herself into Albrecht’s arms one final time.

She falls limp, and with a soft sigh, slides to the ground.

  • Title Beyond reason
  • Artist Ailene Cuthbertson
  • Medium Digital painting
  • Year 2017

Part of the Giselle collection

From bright golds and oranges on a joyous autumn day, to shining, white-gowned ghosts drifting through the moonlit forest – Giselle is a haunting and tragic love story.

Beyond reason is digital art, giclée printed with long-life ink on 100% cotton rag fine art paper – a high quality print that will last a lifetime.

© 2017, Ailene Cuthbertson, Beyond reason. Digital painting, 30 cm x 30 cm.

This print is a limited edition of 10, and comes in one size, 12″ x 12″ (30 cm x 30 cm).

Choose from framed or unframed:

Unframed, so you can choose a frame to suit your décor
$250

Professionally framed with a light frame, ready to hang
$410

What others have wondered

Why is this a print? Where’s the original?

This image is a digital artwork created on the computer, which means the original artwork is data sitting on a hard drive. It needs to be printed to bring it into the real world.

What’s a giclée print?

Giclée is a term used to refer to fine art prints made with long-life ink and paper. It means your print is gallery-quality and will last a lifetime.

For ink, I use genuine Epson high dynamic range ink – a high-quality ink that has a longevity of up to 200 years and produces sharp images with beautiful smooth tones. For papers, I chose 100% cotton rag fine art papers from Ilford. They’re a thick weight, have a clean matt surface, and are perfect for crisp detail and bright, vivid colours. And these fine art papers have no optical brighteners so colours last even longer.

What does a limited edition of 10 mean?

A limited edition of 10 means only 10 prints will ever be produced so it makes your print more exclusive. And, to authenticate your print and make it a one-off, I hand-sign and number each print with traditional graphite pencil.


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It is always very special to be able to take home a memento of a great holiday break and I am delighted with “Freed from the Earth”. I was immediately drawn to the ethereal quality of Paige’s dance and the way you had portrayed her gown. She is now hanging in our home and looking just lovely – makes me smile every time I look at it.

Anne from Auckland