Jemima Puddleduck, seemingly has a quintessentially British name, and yet has absolutely no connection with the loveable duck made famous by Beatrix Potter over a hundred years ago. She was born in Moldova on the 22nd January 1973 to the Puidedacski family, the local postmen, and nicknamed Gemimi, because of her love of jam. Six years ago, on the lookout for a means of escape from her tragically impoverished country she was lured by unscrupulous traffickers to a Mediterranean island in the belief that she would be working as a waitress in a large hotel complex. Instead she found herself locked up, beaten and raped in a local brothel. She managed to escape, but her experiences have left scarred for life, and her work reflects this, the dichotomy between her gentle rural upbringing and the seedier side of human nature. She began painting only three years ago, although she always had a passion for the arts. Sadly she took her own life earlier this year.
She often used to speak of being haunted by a reproduction of a Victorian portrait of a woman that used to hang in her bedroom and how she used in her childish imagination to try to imagine her parallel life.