In this new work I wish to explore the natural world, specifically the forest as a setting for possible narratives, and as a character itself. From European folk tales to current fiction, the forest remains in our imagination where the real and fabled intersect.
In A.S. Byatt’s short story, The Thing in the Forest, two young girls encounter a monstrous “thing”. The shadow of this apparition falls heavily on their adult lives.
In William Butler Yeats’s poem The Stolen Child, children are taken, “to the woods and waters wild” by creatures who’s intent cannot be seen as benevolent.
These paintings continue my interest in responding, as other artists have, to the lore of place, and of cautionary tales once told to children, and carried forward in our collective imagination.