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‘Dusk, Lindisfarne’ – paintings and poetry

Dusk, Lindisfarne is the third in a three-part series of videos showing a collaboration between myself and poet, Jennifer L Williams.

This is a beautifully moody poetry reading and interpretation of the painting Dusk, Lindisfarne. (I think the most abstract of the three poems, so my interpretation is subjective). As always, Jennifer captures the feel of the painting – the sense of leaving an island – ”When the end of land approaches’, leaving an imagined haven – ‘the brush rushes to blend the dream’s receding story of belief’, and an ominous mood evoked by an imagined ‘cormorant’s wasted flesh’, whose feathers become receding clouds.

She draws attention to the sea (in this painting the least obvious part of the composition) – ‘in the teeth of winds’ which to me evokes something of holding onto this island haven, before returning again to measured everyday life – ‘we trade in hours’.

I’d hoped to post all 12 of the Lindisfarne paintings today, but I’m currently awaiting scans of all the paintings, which I’ll hopefully post here tomorrow..

Castle Point, Lindisfarne

Yesterday I posted the video of Jennifer L William’s wonderful poetry response to ‘Stormy Sky’ Lindisfarne,which you can view on this link: https://rosestrangartworks.wordpress.com/2014/11/09/when-you-write-to-the-light/

And as promised here is the second poem in response to ‘Castle Point, Lindisfarne’..

I’m also very delighted that Atzi Muramatsu has agreed to perform live at the Lindisfarne exhibition next weekend (Saturday 22nd) at the Marchmont Gallery Edinburgh. I absolutely love Jennifer’s and Atzi’s creative work, and it’s always a great pleasure to work with them.

The Marchmont Gallery have created a Facebook Event page for the exhibition, which you can view here Lindisfarne exhibition facebook event

In a few days I’ll update information about the Eigg Island project.

‘When you write to the light..’

I’m very pleased to introduce you to¬† Jennifer L William’s response in poetry to one of my recent Lindisfarne paintings.

In this video she recites a poem in response to ‘Stormy Sky, Lindisfarne’..

It always feels magical to me when Jennifer plucks poetic inspiration from a painting, and draws viewers in to the meaning behind the image.

This is Jennifer’s personal response, but as with previous poems it gets to the heart of what I wanted to paint and communicate. In an earlier blog I spoke about the process of visiting an island like Eigg or Lindisfarne, as a painter. There’s a wish to be more present, or to see beyond the obvious, I described it in an earlier post as peeling back layers.

Jennifer’s poem takes this further, and expresses in words what I try to explore in paint. This line from her poem; When you write to the light, you write beyond the grave expresses to me the idea that we can only perceive with our limited human senses, and in the process of responding as a painter, or poet, you hope to see beyond your own thoughts, beyond a mirror.

The final line; you are the light could be read in a spiritual sense, or in the sense that we are the light, we make landscape what it is, or project our thoughts on to it. It makes me think of Shelley’s poem Mont Blanc;

..and what were thou, and earth, and stars and sea, if to the human mind’s imaginings, silence and solitude were vacancy?

Contemplating Jennifer’s poem has been a pleasure (especially on these dark winter evenings!). Tomorrow I’ll post a second poem and video, in response to the recent painting ‘Castle Point, Lindisfarne’.

Jennifer L William’s poetry can be viewed on this website: http://jlwilliamspoetry.co.uk/