Language in a Landscape
by Steven McCabe
One of the images I used for a backdrop in Zoom during my virtual poetry reading at The Art Bar Poetry Reading Series on April 6th. During the first lockdown I painted this 18″ X 28.5″ work (acrylic & water-soluble graphic pencil on cardboard) while exploring concepts of lost text and mystery languages. My reading (video filmed and edited by Charles Hackbarth) can be found @ https://www.facebook.com/groups/artbarpoetry/permalink/10165105586530503/
I really like this painting, Steve! What inspired some of the shapes and figures? And is it for sale?
I hope you’re keeping well/safe/busy enough and social enough during this (sigh) renewed lockdown.
(Apologies for my email silence — I just seem to have lost the plot, as it were, on email.)
Hi Chandra, Thank you for your visit and comments. I have been intrigued by Pictish design on stones for some time as well as mysteries around their language. As well the Celtic ‘Continuous Vegetal Design’ and all the freight it carries (spiritual relationship to nature) inspires me. I think too of Druidic-Gaelic oral culture and what is lost. So while I played with the foreground becoming the background and vice versa, (rolling and morphing) unknown text comes Into view. It’s part of my series of ‘Blue’ paintings and works on paper. I’m still processing it (the painting) and its ‘bridge’ reality between the canvases and the works on paper so although I would like to sell it I can’t just now. I’m happy to hear you appreciate it. Thank you. As for email I too have fallen into a black hole with some replies of mine now waiting for over a year. I hope you are well.
I love the monochromatic art in the background. You have an excellent reading voice.
Thank you for your thoughts about the images and the sound of the poetry. Thanks for visiting the reading Nancy. I hope you are well.
That is a beautiful painting, my friend and I enjoyed listening to your poetry reading very much.
Hi Marina, I am happy you think so and I appreciate you visiting the poetry reading. Thank you so much for your thoughts. I hope all is well for you where you are!
All well here, at least health wise. The rest is slightly on the edge (we’re still under lockdown). Hope you are well too!
I’ll have to say ‘the same’ on all counts! Hanging in there and…wondering.