Weary Harold, the Byronic hero from the epic poem, Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage, has been both venerated and ridiculed through the ages for his ambitious longing for adventure, connection and purpose. He travels the world in a quest for meaning beyond life’s shallow pleasures yet is often left unfulfilled. Upon discovering relics of war and empire in every country, Harold is nostalgic for a place that no longer exists and is left to ruminate on the acquiescent beauty of what remains. This is where our exhibition takes place- looking to the spaces between weary and wonder; familiar and fatigued, experience and exploit.
Like many, the Covid-19 pandemic lockdown was a time of isolation and introspection. I took the opportunity to reflect on some of the most significant trees thoughout my life. Some are memorable simply for their presence, while some mark specific moments or movements. As one who has relocated and started over many times, I find solace in the stillness of trees. The following 18 watercolour paintings are a search for roots amid rootlessness. See link below for a preview of the book, ‘My Life in Trees’.
Studio 30a is a new art space run by Sarah Blackwelder and Monica Perez Vega located in the vibrant heart of Indishe Buurt West. It is a studio, project space and home to ‘Creating Artists’, an art school for kids and adults. We will be holding our grand opening saturday 25th January between 17 – 20:00 – come a long and join us!
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