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Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Skull on the Wayside

Skull K Howell 2013 Pastel on Paper 14cm x 21 cm
Well, elder wood, actually. But the shape immediately suggested a cranium with horns and fenestrae.

I've watched this elder tree deteriorate over the last couple of years, but recently it was uprooted and broken apart. Unfortunate, but it did lead to some beautiful remnant shapes.

There's a curious feeling of enclosure in this bit of wood, even though it 's hollowed out and empty. A sense of inhabitation. 

Funny that we have a skull to protect our brains and to keep our ears and eyes an optimal distance apart - basically, to enable accurate perceptions. But we can still fill our heads with nonsense in an instant. That makes me ridiculously happy.

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