Throughout this process I have been drawn to and inspired by literature; mainly poetry and journals such as:
Former Poet Laureate and local powerful poet who lived in the valley below me. He also delved into the shadowy world of crow. In Crow Paints himself into a Chines Mural. (p 73) Hughes ends with ” To find mother among the stars and the bloodspittle.” ( line 28) which to me resonated with how the process of creating the Crow Mother and Father paintings felt. Visceral and supernal , and highlighted the interconnectedness of feeling and symbolism.
In Frida Kahlo’s artistic diary she writes of: “La vida callada. Dadora de ” (P130, lines 1-2) mundos This translates as: T he quiet life. Giver of worlds. (p272) Which spoke to me of the creative process, almost like birthing worlds.
W B Yeats is a poet who was profoundly inspired by Irish history and folklore. This work contains a poem deeply connected to my mum: The Lake Isle of Innisfree (p28). Part of which reads ” And live alone in the bee-loud glade. And I shall have some peace there, for peace comes dropping slow.” (lines 4-5). Unusual, thought-provoking and beautiful description coined by the poet. I can almost hear my mum reciting it to me in memory. The pace of dropping slow connects with unhurried and dreamlike time and thus the relativity of experience; the dawning of awareness with “the veils of the morning” (line 6). The search for simplicity and a life free of distractions and complications. a search for something lost in our modern life. Yeats’ connection to Irish history prompted me to read The Hosting of the Sidhe (p43) finding Caoilte (my Kilty ancestor through my dad) there, “Caoilte tossing his burning hair” (line 15) his connection to the folklore and history of Ireland. The continuum of time.
Now on the Eve of the Exposition, I have written my own poetic crow-shaped statement, which like the work, can be read in different ways and is open to interpretation. It is printed on pulped fiction paper ( Mills and Boon
) , made in collaboration with artist Alexis Reeves