Convenient acquisition

Image of 'convenient acquisition' drawing - Doors in a Silver Birch Forest.

I recently completed a new piece I have titled ‘convenient acquisition’ about the destruction of forests and green spaces, and in particular this work seeks to highlight the controversial building of the High Speed 2 railway. The HS2 seeks to bridge the North-South divide with improved transport connections between Manchester and London, but experts agree that historically these connections between major cities just serve to concentrate wealth in the Capital. Not to mention the continually increasing costs being footed by the tax payer, which once again has a greater impact on the poorer communities in the North. This pointless build destroys the forests and wild communities that are already so heavily impacted by us.

In this work you can see the forest is densely populated with silver birches and the ground heaves with the roots and the many organisms that together have formed a symbiotic relationship. All life supporting the other from the large silver birch trees, to the tiny mycelium, each would not be able to thrive without the other. This gives some insight on this very complex and interesting reality, a living world with many life forms all supporting each other.

The doors here symbolise the ease of access and ownership humans believe they have to the forests. And how easily they choose to step through those doors and destroy the natural and fine balance for their own gain.

I seek to highlight these struggles visually, my thoughts becoming the pencil marks on the paper, and hopefully trigger similar thoughts in the viewer.

Completion of a New Drawing – Rook

Rook image

I have just completed ‘Rook’ (graphite & carbon. Approx. A3.) I considered their ‘self’, I think eyes are very important when showing the gaze of a living being. We perceive the life within. Their intelligence is renowned for they are are incredibly inquisitive. They can form relationships with us that is not bonded by food. They appear to enjoy our company.

Birds such as these have been vilified throughout agricultural history as a nuisance and takers of the grain. But take a closer look and you can see how astonishing these animals are. Corvids are adept with tools, or can solve a puzzles. Interestingly they have no distinctive difference between the two sexes; no difference in size or colouration, no difference in strength or ability. I return again and again to drawing corvids.

There are many reasons to draw all animals but corvids are special. Underappreciated, often maligned or depicted as portents of doom when that is not the reality.

This drawing is available as a Giclee print in the shop, take a look. Maybe they will spike your curiosity.


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