This body of work has taken me to unexpected places. Through it I have explored themes of time, perception and the human experience through personal narrative. Poetical texts , journals , talks and exhibitions have fed into this process as have links with industry and specialist practitioners. Crow pulp paintings have emerged through this – the limited tonal palette becoming a counterpoint to the high key palette of the paintings. Crow symbolism has been extensively explored and led to different branches of opportunity and expression.
The creative process has been discussed and shared through peer sessions, tutorials, an exposition and blog. It has also been recorded in notebooks , life drawing/ painting and partially through photography. Questions have been asked, theories considered, reflected on and responded to; partly in the poetical art statement to share with my peers and exposition attendees and also as part of the ongoing process.
Creativity is not as the crow flies but rather as the tree grows.
Below is an adapted part of the poetical art statement in two ‘wings’ expressing the themes:
Triptych: the idea of three distinct images connected through time and meaning
Painting as an expression and archive
change over time
Birds: messengers and symbols of freedom, vulnerability, protection, shadow and light
Divination, communication, ancient meaning
The crow family circle the battlefield
Open to interpretation