We cannot step outside life’s songs. This music made us; it is our nature.”
– David George Haskell
“Then the voices of the Ainur, like unto harps and lutes, and pipes and trumpets, and viols and organs, and like unto countless choirs singing with words, began to fashion the theme of Iluvatar to a great music; and a sound arose of endless interchanging melodies woven in harmony that passed beyond hearing into the depths and into the heights, and the places of the dwelling of Iluvatar were filled to overflowing, and the music and the echo of the music went out into the Void, and it was not void.”
– J.R.R. Tolkien, The Silmarillion
‘Opening Prayer’ is a weaving of song; the warps and wefts of vibrational intention. There is an auditory aspect to all form as all form is essentially energetic vibration.
“Prayer is a funny sort of thing. It is like talking to air and musing with the stars at night. And yet, a presence is there, hiding behind the walls of the imagination.” – Caroline Myss.
‘Call to Prayer’ is where old worlds and new worlds meet amidst a swirling entanglement of movement. Life is being summoned, attendance is required. All kingdoms are connected. We are moving through this planetary transition as one great dancing mass of consciousness.
The Temple | ink on paper | 77 x 99.5 cm
‘The Temple’ is the first drawing of this series to be inspired from the direct experience of a specific location – the forests within the Wakayama Prefecture of Japan (November 2019). The initial intention behind this work was to pay homage to this environment as well as the Shinto devotional practice which holds kami (nature spirits) in great reverence. This intention still remains however the time during which it was created synchronistically aligned with the 2020 lockdown period – a time where collective awareness was directed towards the respiratory system of the human body as well as that of the Earth. The very essence of life, the breath, came to the fore as these two sacred vessels, through which breath moves, were reduced to ashes – an integral part of the natural cycles of life.
“Our ethic must therefore be one of belonging, an imperative made all the more urgent by the many ways that human actions are fraying, rewiring, and severing biological networks worldwide. To listen to trees, nature’s great connectors, is therefore to learn how to inhabit the relationships that give life its source, substance, and beauty.”
– David George Haskell
The Prayer | ink on paper | 100 x 72 cm
The Well of Grief
Those who will not slip beneath
the still surface on the well of grief,
turning down through its black water
to the place we cannot breathe,
will never know the source from which we drink,
the secret water, cold and clear,
nor find in the darkness glimmering,
the small round coins,
thrown by those who wished for something else.
“If you do feel grief and loss fully, it’s suddenly placed in some kind of enormous context that makes sense, that gives you an essential understanding of the beauty and magnificence of the world which we occupy.”
– David Whyte
In prayer we are poised to fall, just as we are poised to be caught by the incoming swell of something unknown, something magnificent.