Tuesday, August 4, 2020

The Lighthouse

Just off the production line - another small Open and Close piece ...


... open the doors to reveal the story within ...



This story is based around a painting I found in an old 1920's art book
titled The Lighthouse (Newlyn, Cornwall)', 1893 - artist unknown 
after a painting in the Manchester Art Gallery


Two fishermen - 'Uncle' Henry Kitchen, whose descendants still live in Newlyn, and John Henry Tonkin - rowing back into the harbour with their catch.


... a chest full of sea faring stories ...


... map grids from old sea charts ...


... thank you for closing the doors ...

Thursday, July 23, 2020

The Lovers

Another in my Open and Closed series of rescued assemblage works - this one just a bub standing at 30cm and 10x10cm ... made the box myself and covered it with thick hand-make paper - painted and polished to give the appearance of almost-leather ...


... don't need a drone to photograph this aerial view ...


... open the doors to reveal the story within ...


... and this story is all about a doomed relationship ...

Romeo and Juliet - is a tragedy written by William Shakespeare early in his career about two young star-crossed lovers whose deaths ultimately reconcile their feuding families. It was among Shakespeare's most popular plays during his lifetime and along with Hamlet, is one of his most frequently performed plays. Today, the title characters are regarded as archetypal young lovers.


Romeo and Juliet – painted in oils by Frank Bernard Dicksee in 1884

Painting hangs in Southampton ( UK ) City Art Gallery

Romeo and Juliet belongs to a tradition of tragic romances stretching back to antiquity. The plot is based on an Italian tale translated into verse as The Tragical History of Romeus and Juliet by Arthur Brooke in 1562 and retold in prose in Palace of Pleasure by William Painter in 1567. Shakespeare borrowed heavily from both but expanded the plot by developing a number of supporting characters, particularly Mercutio and Paris. Believed to have been written between 1591 and 1595, the play was first published in a quarto version in 1597. The text of the first quarto version was of poor quality, however, and later editions corrected the text to conform more closely with Shakespeare's original.


For more on the story, you'll have to visit your library and borrow the book - or log into your favourite movie downloader and and watch one of the dozens of movies made about the star-crossed lovers ...


" ... Oh Romeo, Romeo ! wherefore art thou ... "


Just a little spoiler to end the blog -
Shakespeare ends his tragic play with the Prince's elegy for the lovers:

"For never was a story of more woe / Than this of Juliet and her Romeo."


... the doors are closed on another tale from the past ...