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'Truth', 2004
Acrylic on canvas, 600 x 600mm

A series of paintings based on Shakespeare's Sonnet 54

SONNET 54

O, how much more doth beauty beauteous seem
By that sweet ornament which truth doth give!
The rose looks fair, but fairer we it deem
For that sweet odour which doth in it live.
The canker-blooms have full as deep a dye
As the perfumed tincture of the roses,
Hang on such thorns and play as wantonly
When summer's breath their masked buds discloses:
But, for their virtue only is their show,
They live unwoo'd and unrespected fade,
Die to themselves. Sweet roses do not so;
Of their sweet deaths are sweetest odours made:
And so of you, beauteous and lovely youth,
When that shall fade, my verse distills your truth.

Shakespeare

 

The Labyrinth of Truth'
Acrylic on canvas
1300 x 1300mm
2004

 

 

Essentially this sonnet is looking at truth and beauty which exists beyond the superficial. This inner truth is represented by the 'sweet odour' or scent of the rose.

As a theme in a series of paintings, I have been exploring the question of how we may recognise truth and what are the measurments of truth. In a sense, the seeking of inner truth is as difficult as navigating the labyrinth. There are no accurate external monitors (or clews) to guide us. And there are many aspects of the Minotaur to confront.

The nautilus shell both reflects the labyrinthine journey and references Daedalus, the creator of the Cretan labyrinth. The moth imagery refers to the way that moths seem to seek the sun and warmth with an internal drive which also sometimes leads to destruction in flames.

However, I feel that the series mainly is looking at the positive aspects of this search and the development of an inner understanding and the strength to recognise what is the truth within our selves.

 

Check out this informative site on the sonnets....

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