Friday, 7 December 2012

Images for Poetry

 Here's some work drying on top of my kiln, for a group show at Flow Gallery in the spring (oops and an odd tentacle). It's inspired by 'The Fatal Interview' by Edna St Vincent Millay. It's a very melodramatic epic (52 sonnets in all)  love poem published in the 1930's. I'll put a quote in but it might take me a while to choose one.....

Love is not all: it is not meat nor drink
Nor slumber nor a roof against the rain;
Nor yet a floating spar to men that sink
And rise and sink and rise and sink again;
Love cannot fill the thickened lung with breath,
Nor clean the blood, nor set the fractured bone;
Yet many a man is making friends with death
Even as I speak, for lack of love alone.
It may well be that in a difficult hour,
Pinned down by pain and moaning for release,
Or nagged by want past resolution's power,
I might be driven to sell your love for peace,
Or trade the memory of this night for food.
It may well be. I do not think I would.

(From "Fatal Interview" 1931)

Monday, 3 December 2012

Ink Drawings

I was in limbo between studios over the summer, trying to keep on top of emails and orders. While I was waiting to get back to clay, I started doing some drawing with pen and ink. I've been doing the drawings that I'd have liked to have done during the last weeks of making work at the RCA but I had to prioritize clay work over sketch book work.

This is a Salamander and an Iguana from the NHM Spirit Collection.

I've been looking at all the images of Giant Squid that I gathered over the past year,  and I've done a couple of interpretations of my own.