Early in 2016, I began an intense transformational process which I still find a bit difficult to articulate. It felt like a metamorphosis of sorts – a season of intense introspective cocooning, followed by… change.
I wrote a detailed blog post about that journey here:
What I wanted to show you (on this project-page)… is the art and the poetry that began to flow from me as those inner changes took place.
I’ve called this range of work “What Lies Beneath” for a couple of reasons;
- because I’ve been thinking a lot about deep, internal transformation that can’t necessarily be seen or understood from the outside…
- because I’ve been thinking about cocoons and the transformation happening underneath those layers of silk that can’t be seen…
- because I’ve been pondering about what lies beneath the faces and masks we present to the world…
- because I’ve been thinking about hidden treasures beneath the surface (both physical and metaphorical). I grew up in a middle-class, blue-colour town – not the prettiest of places. And yet… beneath the surface… deep, deep underground… lies the world’s largest gold reserve – the gold reef of the Witwatersrand.
All of this has given me tremendous food for thought… and I’ve been creating paintings, illustrations, poetry and even artist’s books based upon this theme.
Here’s some of them: