the past is a foreign country - digital collage

the past is a foreign country

A common pastime at my primary school was collecting and swapping scraps – die-cut paper images.  Scraps were stored between the pages of a book, either individually or in a set, a collection of a single image in various sizes.  At playtime, collectors would swap scrap books and thumb through the pages, poking scraps of…

give us this day our daily fish - screenprint

give us this day our daily fish

On reading Pablo Neruda’s “Ode to the sea” …. with a nod to an infamous British weather man. Screenprint Image size 27x9cm Edition: 12 £50 Here Surrounding the island There’s sea. But what sea? It’s always overflowing. Says yes, Then no, Then no again, And no, Says yes In blue In sea spray Raging, Says…

the gates of hell

the gates of hell

Ah, the irony. Acrylic on 640gsm Fabriano Artistico paper, with collage 56x76cm £500 Porter: Here’s a knocking indeed! If a man were porter of hell gate, he should have old turning the key. (Knock.) Knock, knock, knock! Shakespeare “Macbeth” Act 3, Scene 3

banquo's dream

banquo's dream

Acrylic on 640gsm Fabriano Artistico paper, with collage 56x76cm £500 Banquo: I dreamt last night of the three Weïrd Sisters. To you they have showed some truth. Shakespeare “Macbeth” Act 2, Scene 1

banquo's dream

banquo’s dream

Acrylic on 640gsm Fabriano Artistico paper, with collage 56x76cm £500 Banquo: I dreamt last night of the three Weïrd Sisters. To you they have showed some truth. Shakespeare “Macbeth” Act 2, Scene 1

lachesis v

lachesis

The witches in Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” are often interpreted as representing the Fates of classical mythology. They appear at the birth of each person, spinning, measuring, and cutting the thread of life. The Old English word ‘wyrd’ or ‘weird’ means ‘fate’. Lachesis measured the thread of life allotted to each person with her measuring rod. Acrylic…

the others iii

the others

“The Other” refers to a person who doesn’t conform with societal norms, and is therefore alienated or marginalised by powerful social institutions, such as the state or the church. Shakespeare’s witches might just have been “Others”. Acrylic on 300gsm Fabriano Artistico paper 14x19cm £45 Acrylic on 300gsm Fabriano Artistico paper 14x19cm £45

a deed without a name

a deed without a name

Blood on their hands … Acrylic on 300gsm Fabriano Artistico paper 14x19cm £45 Macbeth: How now, you secret, black, and midnight hags? What is ’t you do? The Witches: A deed without a name. Shakespeare “Macbeth” Act 4, Scene 1

out damned spot

out, damned spot!

The sleepwalking Lady Macbeth betrays her guilt …. Acrylic on 300gsm Fabriano Artistico paper 14x19cm £45 Lady Macbeth: Out, damned spot, out, I say! One. Two. Why then, ’tis time to do ’t. Hell is murky. Fie, my lord, fie, a soldier and afeard? What need we fear who knows it, when none can call…

the darkness of our condition

the darkness of our condition

Power corrupts … Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. Acrylic on 300gsm Fabriano Artistico paper 14x19cm £45 “I have no spur To prick the sides of my intent, but only Vaulting ambition, which o’erleaps itself And falls on th’ other—” Shakespeare “Macbeth”, Act 1, Scene 7

when shall we three meet again?

enter three witches

Linocut 18x18cm Edition: 7 £60 Macbeth, Act 1, Scene i. A desert place. Thunder and lightning. Enter three Witches First Witch When shall we three meet again In thunder, lightning, or in rain? Second Witch When the hurlyburly’s done, When the battle’s lost and won. Third Witch That will be ere the set of sun.…

weird sisters linocut

weird sisters

Shakespeare perhaps based the three witches in Macbeth on Raphael Holinshed’s History of Britain, The Chronicles of England, Scotland, and Ireland (1587) .  In Holinshed’s account of King Duncan, Macbeth and Banquo encounter three women in “strange and wild apparell …the common opinion was that these women were either the Weird Sisters, that is… the…

something wicked this way comes

something wicked this way comes

Even the three Graces can be made to look sinister in the right light … The role of the three witches in Shakepeare’s Macbeth is ambiguous – they are never actually referred to as witches in the play.  One interpretation is that they were inspired by the Fates – the Moirai of Greek mythology -…

boil & bubble

boil and bubble

Delia, Mary and Nigella as the witches in Macbeth …. Screenprint 40x30cm Varied edition: 11 prints £100 Fillet of a fenny snake, In the cauldron boil and bake; Eye of newt and toe of frog, Wool of bat and tongue of dog, Adder’s fork and blind-worm’s sting, Lizard’s leg and owlet’s wing, For a charm…

familiars screenprint

familiars

The witches in Shakespeare’s Macbeth mention three familiars: Greymalkin, a gray cat; Paddock, a toad; and Harpier, an owl. The witches’ face is also familiar, the face of soprano Lina Cavalieri, used by Piero Fornasetti as a motif in much of his work. Screenprint 40x30cm Edition: 7 £100

familiars screenprint

familiars

The witches in Shakespeare’s Macbeth mention three familiars: Greymalkin, a gray cat; Paddock, a toad; and Harpier, an owl. The witches’ face is also familiar, the face of soprano Lina Cavalieri, used by Piero Fornasetti as a motif in much of his work. Screenprint 40x30cm Edition: 7 £100

The tempest collage

language

The mysterious William Shakespeare (c.1564-1616) is England’s most celebrated dramatist and poet.  He wrote many dramatic works – comedies, histories, tragedies and poetry – that are known around the world for their universal themes and insight into the human condition.  He also shaped the English language, coining many words and phrases still in use in…

An angel at my table - cyanotype

an angel at my table

On reading Janet Frame’s autobiography … Cyanotype Varied edition; 3 prints £45 “From the first place of liquid darkness, within the second place of air and light, I set down the following record with its mixture of fact and truths and memories of truths and its direction toward the Third Place, where the starting point…

Macbeth cyanotype

all hail!

The three witches are characters in William Shakespeare’s Macbeth, often referred to as “the Scottish play” in the world of theatre.  A possible source of inspiration for these characters the three Fates of Greek mythology, who control the life of every mortal from birth to death: one spinning the metaphorical thread of life, one measuring…

Macbeth cyanotype

all hail!

The three witches are characters in William Shakespeare’s Macbeth, often referred to as “the Scottish play” in the world of theatre.  A possible source of inspiration for these characters the three Fates of Greek mythology, who control the life of every mortal from birth to death: one spinning the metaphorical thread of life, one measuring…

When shall we three meet again

when shall we three meet again?

The three witches are characters in William Shakespeare’s play Macbeth, often referred to as “the Scottish play” in the world of theatre.  A possible source of inspiration for these characters is ancient classical myths of the three Fates, who control the life of every mortal from birth to death: one spinning the metaphorical thread of…

the monks legacy

the monk's legacy

In the footsteps of Columba … literacy. In 563 Columba was given land on the island of Iona, which became a centre of literacy and his base for conversion of the Picts to Christianity.   Many Catholic schools and parishes throughout Scotland are named after Columba, including St Columba’s in Oban, the cathedral of the…

the monks legacy

the monk’s legacy

In the footsteps of Columba … literacy. In 563 Columba was given land on the island of Iona, which became a centre of literacy and his base for conversion of the Picts to Christianity.   Many Catholic schools and parishes throughout Scotland are named after Columba, including St Columba’s in Oban, the cathedral of the…

surrender

surrender

On reading James L Baxter’s “High Country Weather” McCaig’s Tower is a Colosseum-like landmark overlooking Oban.  It was conceived by John Stuart McCaig, whose death ended construction prematurely: only the outer wall was completed. Textile panels surrender I – 28x130cm – for Sara surrender II – 24x132cm – sold

james k baxter

Alone we are born and die alone; Yet see the red-gold cirrus over snow-mountain shine. Upon the upland road Ride easy, stranger: Surrender to the sky Your heart of anger. james k baxter “High country weather”

the question

the question

Digital collage 12x19cm Varied edition £20 “To be, or not to be, that is the question: whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, or to take arms against a sea of troubles, and by opposing end them? To die, to sleep, no more; and by a sleep…

faerie queen

The Faerie Queene is an incomplete epic poem by Edmund Spenser, one of the longest poems in the English language. It is an allegorical work and can be read as praise of Queen Elizabeth I. It examines virtues by following the adventures of several knights. Images are printed on vintage book pages and feature Royal…

add a pinch of salt etching

add a pinch of salt

Etching 200x248mm Edition:19 £75 Double, double toil and trouble, Fire burn, and caldron bubble. Fillet of a fenny snake, In the caldron boil and bake. Eye of newt, and toe of frog, Wool of bat, and tongue of dog, Adder’s fork and blind-worm’s sting, Lizard’s leg, and owlet’s wing, For a charm of powerful trouble,…