7 May 2011

       So this is the world premier of ‘Myth: Balder and the Ice Stars’, a section of which is here for you to see.  It’s not a masterpiece, but it is a start on my journey of discovery, looking for ways to dialogue about the nature of our world with its blend of the seen and the unseen, using visual abstraction as the vehicle.  And this is why I feel that abstract art is the way forward.  It allows you to compile layers of visual information that has to be interpreted in a more demanding way than would be the case with representational art.  It forces both artist and viewer to think much more about what they’re seeing.  ‘Myth’ is part of a body of work which is based on the geographic location of the archaeological site of Star Carr, on the outskirts of Scarborough in North Yorkshire.  The painting includes visual data from the location.  But what I want to know is, is a landscape just a set of rolling hills and pleasant scenery?  Is it a space that competing interests (such as farmers and fell walkers, pioneers and indigenous peoples)  are laying claim to?  Or is it a repository for all the human interaction that has ever taken place in it?  Is it a combination of those things?  Is it something that can teach us more about who we are, where we come from, and matters essential to our identity?  If that sounds extreme, remember that Adam the first man was formed from the dust of the earth, and that means that there is somehow a direct link between the land and me.  This is something I want to investigate.

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