Intricacy and bold mark making side by side over a deep red velvet. A multicoloured pointillist covering of marks with accents of metallics, pearl and deep glitters that have iridescent rainbow hues running through.
In different lighting, daylight, artificial, sunlight, low light, this painting speaks a different language, a different kind of bliss with each. Sometimes blinging and zinging with reflected twinkles and glitterings, truly celebratory!
And now for something completely different!
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I started this large painting early 2020 and finally finished it just as the first full on lockdown came. Had this not happened I don't know whether I would have stayed inside and in one position for so very long!
I ad more time on my hands and had been thinking about this painting for a while. I had to step back into the beginning of my journey into painting. It was like a meditation making the work, in a world of my own while the real world was in tumult. The work centred me just when i needed it, I am grateful to this work for that.
I really enjoyed working in a more traditional way again and have started to think about portraits once more, who knows?
So what's it about?
The title is a corruption from William Blake’s “Auguries of Innocence,” specifically the line "A Robin Redbreast in a cage puts all Heaven in a rage". The poem consists of a series of paradoxes in which Blake juxtaposes innocence with evil and corruption. The word augury in the title means omen or token, and the robin is the poem’s first noted “augury of innocence.”
The robin’s song, personality, and countenance are such that Blake saw the act of putting one in a cage as not only an enraging violation but also as a profound perversion of holiness.
The full title for this painting is Would a Vulture in a Cage put all of Heaven in a Rage? By swapping Blake's robin with a vulture and placing a tiny robin below and outside the cage I was thinking about Innocence and Beauty/Ugliness, the often unfounded association of beauty with virtue and ugly with degradation. How much are we influenced with subjective ideas of physical beauty being equated with innocence, goodness and purity, if so, what hope the vulture if she ends up in a cage?
I wanted the painting to have an old fairy tale feel to it, dark woods and candlelit castles, something that Rumplestiltskin may have on his wall? The Cage is taken from an antique French design that I have altered somewhat to create an unwieldy and slightly off proportion.
I hope you enjoy the work :)