Totemic

Totemic

This painting involves several layers. Starting out as a painting full of the abstract calligraphy of handwriting, painted over in an initial response a poem by Ric Hool and later added to working intuitively.

 

In my earlier Clydach painting (Lifeforce, displayed on my page on the collaborative website here) – people are scattered across the land in various poses indicating leisure activities. In this piece the figures are further simplified into totems – the forms take on a human quality in their gathering and the form is influenced by an ancient plant, the horsetail, known as a living fossil.