An unnoticed event / September 2014 / St Petersburg Artist Residency / Pushkinskaya 10
Inspired by the William Carlos Williams poem ‘Landscape with the Fall of Icarus’, my work looks at how we can create our own reality if we choose to and how we interact with the landscape around us - choosing what to notice and what not to notice as a matter of emotional necessity.
During my three week residency, I drew the buildings of St.Petersburg with watercolour and ink, leaving out the elements that are temporary - traffic, building constructions, crowds of people.
Through this isolated view, we can choose to see only the necessary, ignoring the falling God as a matter of survival.
Landscape with the Fall of Icarus
William Carlos Williams
According to Brueghel
when Icarus fell
it was spring
a farmer was ploughing
the whole pageantry
of the year was
sweating in the sun
the wings' wax
off the coast
a splash quite unnoticed
The video below is a work in progress compilation of images and live action - capturing the flow of StP