Monthly Archives: December 2018

‘Iona, October Tide’ event

Video still from ‘Iona, October Tide’

 

I want to thank folks for coming along to my recent event Iona, October Tide (where we shared the first edit of our collaborative video). Most particularly thanks to  Donald Ferguson and Charlotte Robertson for a beautiful poem recital (Heine’s Questions – see text below) and a sensitive and moving music performance (instrumental – Is there anybody out there by Pink Floyd). This was Donald’s response to the recent collaboration between myself and poet/musician Chris Jupp that was in response to the Isle of Iona. (Video of Donald and Charlotte’s performance below).

Sincere thanks to Chris Jupp who has been an inspiration to work with – it deepened my response as an artist during the recent residency on Iona – it was a challenging and rewarding artistic process in many ways – I’ll update on future exhibitions or showings of the video early next year, at the moment we want to tweak several aspects of the video.

I enjoyed all the conversations at the event too and thank Alicia Devine and Scott Terris also in particular for their responsive presence.

Questions (Heinrich Heine)

By the sea, the wild, nocturnal sea,
Stands a stripling youth;
His breast full of woe, his head full of doubts,
And with bitter lips he questions the waves:
“Oh solve me the ancient riddle,
The cruel, ancient riddle
Upon which many heads have pondered,
Heads in hieroglyphic covered hats,
Heads in black birettas and turbans,
Peri-wigged heads and a thousand other
Poor, perspiring heads —
Tell me, what signifies man?
Where cometh he? What is his destiny?
Who lives up there beyond golden stars?”
The waves murmur their eternal murmer.
The wind blows, the clouds move;
The stars blink, indifferent and cold and cruel.
And a fool waits for his answer.

 

 

Iona, October Tide

‘North Beach, Twilight II. Isle of Iona’. Mixed media on 6×6″ wood block. Rose Strang 2018. £75

This Saturday I’m looking forward to an evening event at my studio where I’ll be showing Iona, October Tide – a short film showing paintings and footage from my recent artist’s residency on Iona, with poems and music by Chris Jupp.

It has been a most rewarding collaboration, and I’ll write more about that when I post the video here next week.

I’ve also created a few more paintings for the event! (see more below) I wanted to capture something of the mysterious atmosphere of the North beach on Iona at twilight …

‘North Beach,Twilight. Isle of Iona’. Mixed media on 6×6″ wood block. Rose Strang 2018. £75

‘North Beach,Twilight. Isle of Iona III’. Mixed media on 6×6″ wood block. Rose Strang 2018. £75

 

 

 

 

 

 

‘West Coast, Isle of Iona’. Mixed media on 10×10″ wood panel (unframed). Rose Strang 2018. £300

‘North East Coast, Isle of Iona’. Mixed media on 10×10″ wood panel (unframed). Rose Strang 2018. £300