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Their Hope is Full of Immortality

“For though they be punished in the sight of men, yet is their hope full of immortality.

Wisdom of Solomon 3:4, King James Version


In this series I first wanted to explore colour and more specifically try and achieve a slight translucent quality to the hues that I was playing with. I then thought that I would paint a circle on black card (as I had painted a yellow tree before on black card and I liked the colour effect). Around the same time, I heard a radio program covering an evensong and in it the presenter said the words “For though they be punished in the sight of men, yet is their hope full of immortality." Although I am not religious I found the words inspiring. However, at the same time they made me think of the idea of humankind being so destructive of itself and the planet it inhabits and yet absurdly diverting its attention to outer space, in denial. So although I first wanted the circles to look flat and not too dense as an intention of creating an abstract form (a circle) where I was experimenting with colour, after hearing the radio program I associated the circle with a planet. But I still wanted it to be in between a flat circle and a sphere/planet, not quite one or the other – as this was still an experiment on colour effects. The drips then came naturally as a gesture of abstract action painting, but which might resemble space. 

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