art in the time of covid-19
Having some more time on my hands I am happy to keep busy and to be returning to source for a while by letting go of my abstract contemporary work and concentrating on where it all began for me with traditional methods. These are hard times but as an artist so used to isolation, a great opportunity for me to step back and return to the beginning of my practice.
a vulture in a cage
Click on work to see more images
This painting is the first of a series that is made during the outbreak and unfolding of the Covid 19 virus. For this work I am using the words and works of William Blake, English poet, painter, and print maker as a foundation. This work was inspired by a line from Blake's 'Auguries of Innocence' and the lines: A Robin redbreast in a cage puts all heaven in a rage.
“A robin redbreast in a cage
puts all heaven in a rage.
A dove house fill’d with doves and pigeons
Shudders hell thro’ all its regiens.
A dog starv’d at his Master’s Gate
Predicts the ruin of the State.
A horse misus’d upon the Road
Calls to Heaven for Human Blood.”
William Blake 1757 – 1827
Text from Johan Senquijano
The original redbreast in a cage situation can be interpreted as man attempting to enslave nature for its own amusement. However, when one takes into consideration the entirety of Blake’s mythology, his liberation theology, and his ideals against the oppression of humankind, the cage can be read as a universal sign of slavery – perhaps not slavery in its literal definition, but slavery into a system that oppresses the poor and does not allow them any possibility of becoming free.
I shall leave it to you to interpret the Vulture in a Cage ( with a tiny Robin perched outside.)