Yearning and Hope

Author: Paul Strickland | Date: 23 March, 2021 | Category: Arts Blog | Comments: 0

 

‘When dying trees reach out to touch each other, they find a comfort underground’ by George Dow

One year on from Lockdown, 2.72 million dead worldwide and the climate/extinction/pollution storm is rumbling and roaring overhead. Are there any signs of hope? Yes, of course, there always are. We have to look and listen. We have to notice life, insistent, joyful and, dare I say it, hopeful.

We have three paintings for you to illustrate this insistence of life force in the face of overwhelming constraint.

George Dow’s ‘When dying trees reach out to touch each other, they find a comfort underground’ is both a poignant commentary on eco destruction and an allegory for our human condition in the pandemic.

Lockdown 3 by George Dow

Lockdown 3 is a red mist of frustration, of being lost.

My own painting is called Covid daydreams. Oh, how I want to be on that beach!

All of us feel the anxiety, frustrations and hurt of these times. We get huge comfort from our faith but we cannot yet express our communion with God and each other in public together. We can however express this in art and poetry and that is a blessing.

Graham Norman Spring 2021

Covid Day Dreams by Graham Norman

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