Strange Pilgrimage: Elements of a Narrative2017
The origins of this work began with the burning of a paperback copy of Chaucer’s ‘The Canterbury Tales’ and then collecting what fragments remained. Using fire as ‘an editor’, brought an element of chance to the process and provided the raw material from which a new narrative emerged. This new visual narrative - these collages, assemblages and publication - are titled ‘The Arsonist’s Tale’. Chaucer uses fire as metaphor to describe character traits - from nurturing and passionate to destructive and vengeful. These characterisations are often stereotypes, seemingly describing an ‘everyman’ or ‘everywoman’. Canterbury Cathedral burnt in 1174 and again in 1872. Was this an act of man, woman, god or chance?