CONVERSATIONS IN THE LANDSCAPE, 2020
I walk a great deal, even more so in Lockdown. During those endless solitary wanderings I pondered over the characters & conversations that have demarcated my landscapes since I first started walking alone. What is it that can unexpectedly, and inextricably connect us to a particular place at a particular moment so acutely? Conversations in the Landscape identifies such junctures. Place, histories and connection all jostle here, time and conventions warp, the physical and the human meld. This long work of the 28 drawings can also be structured into four flexible groupings. Each drawing references a geographical location and date that are identified with gold gilded text.
As with Conversations with Kings, a pivotal impetus for this work about portraits and histories was seeing the unforgettable, sculpted C13th heads of the Kings of Judah* in the Musée de Cluny in Paris in 2015; a magnificent and monumental collection of damaged, often fragmented sculpted heads carved in limestone that originally fronted Notre Dame’s main facade.
*For full Kings of Judah notes see also Conversations with Kings