Acrylics on Canvas:
H 120 x W 60 x D 4 cm
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 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Blake
Text from Johan Senquijano https://johansenquijano.wordpress.com/2011/05/24/an-analysis-of-william-blakes-auguries-of-innocence-part-ii/
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.)