During the Easter holidays, I went to Bury St Eds. I visited this derelect mansion, in the middle of the woods, that had been bombed during the war. It had been left since, and not repaired to it’s former glory. Plants and trees were growing through the building, slowly weakening the brick walls over the years…It was really inspiring, visiting this place; trying to picture what it must have looked like in it’s day - figuring out the occupation for each room, and the type of furniture that would have been present. The windows had smashed glass, as if they had been damaged only recently..
It was also really interesting, in the local museums, reading up about witchcraft. Cats used to be buried between the walls of houses, to ward off evil unwanted spirits.
I recently visited the Idea Generation Gallery, where Storm Thorgerson is currently exhibiting. The graphic artist, probably most well known for being responsible for the Pink Floyd album cover The Dark Side of the Moon, showcases a history of his 40-year career work.
Storm’s other collaborations include Genesis, Black Sabbath, and Led Zeppelin.
As a big inspiration for my final major project first stems from the Björk song Hidden Place, I started on the idea of dreams, and took it from there. It has got me onto the imagery of the sky; how the clouds and light make it appear beautiful in so many ways.
I did a few pieces done in watercolor, trying it out on different types of paper. The Braille idea came from how I can still see things when I close my eyes (being wide awake).
I started drawing this woman in a cafe ( the same woman repeatedly), a working woman, and my mind began to wonder….so many people literally live to work. They tap away at their laptops all day, and inbetween take calls on their blackberrys or iPhones to make their big pay-packet every month. They work all day, for some, weekends as well.
But are they really happy? :/
I think I would like to explore this further - the contrast between control and freedom..