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Though I have made work using other kinds of print making, I always found linocuts the most direct method of making bold images. 




Cat and sofa, linocut

This print is a graphic demonstration of what sometimes happens when you fall asleep on a Sunday afternoon after a heavy meal.




Coming, Going and the Tree of Life, 2008, linocut

This is one of several works I have made based on the tarot. Represented here are two of the more sinister characters from the cards, the Devil and Death. They stand on either side of a tree laden with seven apples. The Devil faces us, holding a hoop in one hand and an arrow in the other. Death looks not at us but at the branches of the tree, whilst his scythe cuts into the tree's shadow. What does this picture mean? Maybe it means this: between the abstract poles of Being and Non-being there is Becoming (the Devil) and Going (Death). And between these two gentlemen is Life (represented by the fruit tree).




Pointing at the Black Sun, 2008, linocut

Imagery concerning the black sun (sol niger) can be found in some old alchemical manuscripts – a notable example is in a book called the Splendor Solis. When someone points out the black sun to us, we would be fools to look at the finger, but what is it we are supposed to be looking at? Is it the sun at midnight?  the purging of the soul? the self's repressed shadow? the cloud of unknowing? spirit imprisoned in matter? or one end of a vast pole passing through the cosmos? As with all profound symbols, the full extent of its meaning cannot be easily exhausted in contemplation and study. In other words, it's a bit of a mystery to me.

“The earth shall become a sun” - Tommaso Campanella

After making the print I have discovered that in Denmark the term 'black sun' can refer to a natural phenomenon, occurring both in spring and in autumn, which involves starlings gathering together in aerial formations so massive that they collectively block out the sun.




Feeding the four, 2008, linocut

I based this linocut on an illustration in a 16th Century chapbook about witchcraft. The original woodcut was of a witch using a spoon to feed her familiars. This image in turn reminded me of a story I had read by Ivor Cutler called Egg Meat. In the making  of the print above these two sources have combined to form something suggestive of a hermetic allegory. 




Kore Kosmou, 2008, linocut

This is linocut closely based on the World, which is the final card of the tarot series. The central female figure is the Anima Mundi, or the Soul of the World of Hermetic philosophy. The figures in the corners are the celestial guardians of the four directions. These four creatures are the Angel, the Eagle, the Lion and the Bull. Having an origin in Babylonian astrology, they can be found in various guises throughout middle-eastern mythology and religion. 



Solar Animal, 2008, linocut 

This is another representation of the Anima Mundi, but this time in the guise of a lion circled by a snake.