It’s an odd feeling when you realise that a piece that has only just been painted is going to be demolished but there is definitely something quite satisfying about the impermanence of it all and the fact that these photo’s are now the only record of it’s existence. The bottom picture shows the last few seconds of the little bird’s life. It would appear that death by gunshot is his chosen fate. So be it.
After realising the wall we had done the ‘Team id-iom bananeira‘ on was due to be demolished we thought we’d best take full advantage of the British summer and get indoors to do a little work to escape the ‘humidity’ outside. I wanted to do a piece i’ve been thinking about for a while which I think must have come about after reading Seven for a secret by Clive Woodall – which features the trials and tribulations of a little bird as it goes about trying to save the animal kingdom from man’s pernicious influence.
This one seems to work on a couple of levels. There is the literal view that the choices we offer wildlife often come down to destruction via poisons, shooting or pollution – which is, of course, no choice at all. There is also the view that the vulnerable little bird is a metaphor for people and the choices we often make for ourselves/our societies – be it drugs (hence ‘X’ which i hear is a popular term for ecstasy in the US), drink (hence ‘gasoline’ which always makes me think of this scene from the film ‘Top Secret!’) or violence.
That probably doesn’t make much sense but at least it keeps me happy. That’s enough thinking for today. Pass the Special Brew!
Work in progress shots