A Diary of the Plague Year: Day 6 22 March 2020: The Deptford Elegies

I have been going through some of my old work and this is fittingly elegiac.

A painting in ten canvases after a short collaboration with a poet in Deptford and reading The Duino Elegies of Rilke. It was an almost impossible task. The poems are so dense and full of imagery which is not really what I do in my paintings. I did notice, however, that the only colour mentioned is brown. This gives an immense feeling of density to the poems, they feel massive. It is curious how just the the words for colours create a feeling of lightness and transparency.

 

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Books Online: EQUINOX A Little Dodnash Book of Hours

I made the following book as a result of spending a week at Little Dodnash Farm in Bentley, Suffolk as part of A Rural Idyll, an artists’ residency which was the brainchild of Ruth Richmond.

The book traces the changing light on the landscape over the course of the Spring Equinox last year, a poem from Rilke’s Stundenbuch (Book of Hours) and an extract from Bede’s Ecclesiastical History of England.