This portfolio contains work using mediaeval carvings at my local church in Bloxham as the starting point for pieces on contemporary topics and exploration of my new environment.
There are strong parallels between the times of great change in which the carvings were made and the challenges we all face now. Indeed there is a sense, in line with some theories, of time happening in parallel, not in series. To quote TS Eliot's opening to Four Quartets:
Time present and time past
Are both perhaps present in time future
And time future contained in time past.
If all time us eternally present
All time is unredeemable.
I am therefore trying to use my work to begin to understand what the carvings tell me about the people that were here in previous centuries, what they might teach us about our own situation now and our possible futures.