Variations on the Stillness of Motion
Variations on the Stillness of Motion explores the shared experience of grief, and the quiet process of adjusting to a loss. Thirty-four colour pages feature seventeen abstract watercolour paintings, each painted using six colours, and scans of six-line, handwritten poems on tracing paper, layered over the facing paintings. The chapbook is hand-sewn, with a handwritten cover in silver and gold ink.
The grieving process is embedded in the work through the use of materials. The paintings were made using the remainder of a pack of paper bought to create collaborative works with my father, to go with the eyeSnowScape series. Six colours were chosen from the paints used in that collaborative project, one for each space in a pallet that belonged to him. Each colour is painted with a different brush, also from his collection. The paintings were executed in one night, at our family home, and the poems written that same evening. This captures the intensity of an instant of grief, sitting and contemplating that idea thoroughly.
This chapbook was originally produced for Woolf’s Voices #22, held at Shelf Life Books on November 21, 2018 and curated by Adrienne Adams. Participating in this reading and sharing this work was especially poignant, as Woolf’s Voice #20 was the last exhibit of my father’s work which he was able to attend in person.
The complete chapbook is available for perusal on Instagram under the hashtag #VariationsOnTheStillnessOfMotion
Copies are available for purchase from the teacozy store.