‘HOME’, THE PLACE WHERE ONE LIVES, AS A VEHICLE FOR A PERSONAL RESPONSE TO WORLD EVENTS 2020/21
This painting combines a reflective personal response to the Covid-19 Pandemic, with concern about the escalating effects of global warming and climate change. It also uses a range of visual metaphors to interweave a narrative about life’s journey: emotional, sensory and intellectual. It encapsulates my lockdown domestic interior as a panorama, within which daily life, (and creativity) goes on, but as Bertolt Brecht said: “Art is not a mirror to reflect reality, but a hammer with which to shape it “. The interior is thus transformed into a lockdown tableau, as a statement on aspects of the Pandemic and frighteningly real prospect of Anthropocene extinction, unless climate change is reversed. See panel 5, right hand side: Vertical shelving with lamplight, interrelated with DNA double helix. This references the ‘Light of Hope’ given by scientists to quickly identify the genetic code of Covid-19 and ongoing variants. The third shelf down shows the NHS ‘Hand of Hope’, injecting the vaccine into the virus.
See panel 3, top centre: reference to global warming. The ceiling is transformed into gaps through which recent uncontrollable forest fires are brought close to home. Related to this on the table beneath, see: double headed green Janus, betwixt flame orange and green butterfly wings. Janus looks left and backwards, to a hitherto ‘Perfect Planet’, and right to the prospect of a burning Mother Earth. Janus-Butterfly is surrounded by a spiralling vortex of green and orange, symbolic of the urgent action required to stop/reverse global warming, and protect biodiversity