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:

Metamorphosis

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:

I painted a number of butterflies and moths during this season...

I painted a number of butterflies and moths during this season.  I started using metalic paints during this season (gold, silver, copper, etc…)

What lies beneath

I found myself drawing quite a few sketchy-messy cocoons in my art journals - and writing poems about what lies beneath...

I found myself drawing quite a few sketchy-messy cocoons in my art journals…

Then I began making an art-book / journal... and poems began to flow...

Then I began making an art-book / journal… and I was thinking a lot about treasures…

More pondering on secrets, treasures, journeys and... gold.

More pondering on secrets, treasures, journeys and… gold.

This was a pencil sketch - but I added some wings (with silver paper)... again representing the idea that there's *MORE* to people than what we SEE...

This was a pencil sketch – but I added some wings (with silver paper)… again representing the idea that there’s *MORE* to people than what we SEE…

A couple of sketched thoughts...

A couple of sketched thoughts…

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A poem I wrote about the deep places...

A poem I wrote about the deep places…