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Well, there’s not been a huge amount of new artwork recently. These dry spells happen sometimes, and frustrating as they are they generally don’t last more than a few weeks.
This one’s lasted months.
However I think I’m finally coming out the other side, having got some life-drawing done this past weekend.
Graphite pencil on Fabriano recycled A3 paper
Myth & Masks reviewed
There’s an interesting review of Myth & Masks (my first book of artwork covering artwork - mainly photography - produced between 2013 and 2015) over on Rowan Fortune’s blog:
“Drawing a parallel between the burgeoning of new ideas in the current period and that of the aftermath of the English Civil War, Paul Watson in his art book (photography and drawings) Myth and Masks writes of ‘a similar mode of radicalism and revaluing at the moment,’ as being one now engaged in ‘talking about landscape, rewilding, psychogeography, archaeology, myth, and hauntology, as well as politics and government.’ (100) It is into this context, as well as the ‘broad church of related interests’ (120) dubbed the English eerie, in which he places his art and blog essays.”
What I find particularly interesting about this review is that it addresses the work from a political perspective, rather than the far more typical perspective of folklore, mythology, or folk-horror.
Myth and Masks: Artwork by Paul Watson 2013-2015
…and of course there’s also my 2018 book of drawings England’s Dark Dreaming…
England’s Dark Dreaming, 2nd Edition - by Paul Watson
May Day has just been and gone once more, and so here’s a video I took on May Day morning in 2018 on top of Chanctonbury Ring here in the Sussex South Downs.
It starts off with the traditional Morris Dancers (the Chanctonbury Ring Morris Men), and is followed by an event put together by Justin Hopper (author of The Old Weird Albion) featuring Adam Ranger, Angus Carlyle, and concluding with Justin Hopper and Sharron Kraus performing a proto-version of their album Chanctonbury Rings (later released on Ghostbox Records).
Justin initially asked me along to contribute some artwork to the morning’s festivities, but I couldn’t think of anything appropriate, so I offered to document it on video instead - and I’m very glad I did!
As well as restarting my artwork after a winter of discontent, I have also managed to start blogging again, and Is it easier to end capitalism than to imagine the end of capitalism? is the first offering.
There will be more art-related posts as soon as I get my arse in gear and make some.
Rituals & Declarations
The final issue of Rituals & Declarations has just been published, bringing this series of eight zines to an end.
You can grab a copy via the link below, or view all available issues (the last four are still in print) in my online shop.
Rituals & Declarations - Volume 2, Issue 4 - Winter/Spring 2022
That’s all for the month of May in this new-style email newsletter.
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