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Paper and image size: 720 x 550 mm
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Ross was paired with the writer Rob Briggs for the Common Place project.
Rob: For context, our common place is Pentre Ifan, an ancient burial site in Pembrokeshire. Ross and I found a shared interest in mythology, ancient places, music, and the theme of transition.
The text in part refers to the Black Cauldron (you may have seen the Disney animation of the same name, or read Lloyd Alexander's Chronicles of Prydain), a legendary ancient vessel in which the dead could be reborn.
Co-incidentally there are only seven stones left at Pentre Ifan. According to The Spoils of Annwfn - an early mediaeval poem included in the Book of Talesin - King Arthur entered Annwn (the Welsh underworld) with three boatloads of men, and only seven men returned. Matholwch was reputed to be an Irish King who was gifted the cauldron, which itself could be activated by the breath of nine maidens.
The conceit of the poem is to imagine the cauldron lies beneath the Pentre Ifan site and that the remaining stones are (somehow) the transformed seven who came back from the underworld with Arthur.
There's a lot to unpack there but I hope when you see it, you'll recognise how neatly Ross' lovely artwork meshes with the words and/or vice-versa. We definitely think alike and it's been very enjoyable working together.
The Passing of Shadows, by Rob Briggs
Hidden deep under heavy turf His darkest maw, maidens' breath and curse Exhales silent sentries Of perpetual cost Ifan's seven locked, embraced in moss
The men of shadows think in grey Martyred menhirs dance and glance away A time of transition Steals Brenin Arthur's once and future vision
Dry lichen drops caress each Scarred and honoured face Matholwch's gift of unearthly grace