An Invocation on Canvas....
This painting work was realised during the first lockdown in London, spring of 2020.
Having made a sketch with the seed of an idea a few years ago, I knew that at the right time it would come to life as a big scale work. Considering the theme and the intention behind the idea in the first place, it was an apt thing to focus on in a time of general confusion in the world and in my world, when turning inward and finding guidance within using any and every tool available was most important. And still is.
Acknowledging my strong urge for escapism, making this piece was an effort to transmute it…
into a self-orienting force within me, a compass of sorts within this ever-shifting, uncertain and questionable reality. Knowing full well that adaptability is paramount, yet sorely lacking concrete external guidance, I fixated on creating or “invoking” if you will, my own spirit guide in the form of the creature you see looking back at you with its one great eye in the painting.
Both during and after painting it, I would sit in front of it in meditation, engaging in a process of active imagination (term used and practice emphasised in Jungian psychology and a naturally occurring human tendency) letting it churn out the contents of my own unconscious, through the infolding of imaginary narratives involving this character, of traveling between other realms and “layers of reality”.
As a subsequent processing this information would follow and based on the principle of phenomenology I would draw from it whatever “guidance” I would intuit.
[ Scroll down for the works to the spoken poetry in the film ]
Mixed Media: Graphite, Fresh charcoal from palo santo sticks used whilst still hot, copper and iron fillings, apple cider mineral for oxidation process, hairspray for fixing, black emulsion applied with bird feathers, and oil paints on canvas, primed with PVA & water mixture through the process as required. Approx size h:155 cm, w:150cm
You can purchase prints of the finished work (A4, A3, A2) through my ETSY shop! :
The original will also be for sale in the future so feel free to email if interested!
The Guide who walks through Worlds
as Light-surrounded Darkness.
Transluscent and sinuous
its transcendental nature
extends dendritic tentacled horns
to feel into the next world
The one that knows and
through veils of noise and silence
crashing, gliding, flowing thrashing
growing its feelers out…
yet always with the movement carries
its stillness Within
Through morphing fields of unknown worlds
devoured by time
devours the yearning
wherever it goes…
It takes you with it
and shakes you…
to a core unknown to you
before the spirit took you
Hand and hoof and antler held
wings and heart and breath propelled
with both eyes drawn, sucked into
the cyclone-cyclope portal well
the fountain long now longed for
a funnel into to which to pour
your subtle substance into
skeletonised, in its disjointed flowing
one limb in one world, another in another
another in another and another in another….
galactic vortex spinning mind
and branching horns, curved sharpened thorns
tear into SpaceTime-fabric
a trail of nebulae streaming in its wake
Pushing the precipice of understanding
into dimensions before unknown
and then beyond
u n k n o w a b l e .
Initial sketch - first seed of the project, from 2017.