When you have had a very long run of bad luck, misfortune, or loss, you can't ever imagine life is ever going to be more than just a mere existence. But if you can get a long enough break from it, you can start to heal a little. Live a little. Maybe not as you were, but anew.
Omen is an owl form draped with a veil. A mere existence. And the weathered cracks in the Veil, a well needed break from that mere existence. A glimpse of anew through the veil.
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In this piece I wanted to pay homage to La Doncella The Maiden
The logical side of my thinking that sees this Incan ritual as shamefully barbaric is always kind of side tracked by the presence of I'm missing the point! And it's at that point she lives on?
The movement in this piece is an awakening. Not an end. And through this, La Doncella lives on.
My only recollection of a teacher’s criticism was in primary school.
"Philip is easily distracted!"
They should have said I was easily inspired and worked on that one.
Medium/modelling clay/fibreglass/wood/ W65cm/H50cm/D30cm
1.A young tree, especially one with a slender trunk.
1.1. A young and slender or inexperienced person.
I remember well my sapling years.
Sapling was sparked by a few things I felt recently connected to.
Tracey Emin expressing on YouTube a passion to create her own
unique tree. A friend who (out of the blue) took to carving a figure from a tree
trunk. My time as a youth spent climbing endless trees, here
And most poignant of all is the heartfelt loss of a friend's young son
Cajus, son of Dorothia and Axel Stockmar.
I'd hope the presence of this piece is felt as one of pivotal
transition. From one state to another. One form to another.
A beginning, not an end.
I set out with a wave of ideas all demanding to be heard in their
own unique way. And it's often not possible. So I set out to present
a collective presence. And then from this presence you draw your
own personal take.
Not everyone's take is intended. But
every sense of good will, peace and hope here is.
Very sincere best wishes. Philip
Philip Wharton. 2018
A big thank you to Dorothia and Axel Stockmar for their generous donation of the sculpture (Sapling. By P. Wharton) to The Institute for Theology, Imagination and the Arts (ITIA) School of Divinity. University of St Andrews.
Sapling was delivered in person by myself on the 21st February 2018. And was so warmly received by Dr Gavin Hopps. Senior Lecturer in Literature and Theology and Director of ITIA.
A massive thank you for such a generous welcome by all.
The whole experience has left me with such a tremendous sense of honour and family.
Both humbled and inspired this experience will reflect brightly throughout my work from now on.
‘After the Call’
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REVIEW: AFTER THE CALL – AN
ARTISTIC EXPLORATION OF
BEAUTY IN THE ORDINARY
AND THE UNEXPECTED, PT. I
Image Courtesy of ITIA School of Divinity.
University of St Andrews ‘After the Call’ exhibition at Saint Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Queens Terrace, St Andrews.
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