As you can probably guess, I am a big fan of Shakespeare's tragedy Macbeth. So it comes as no surprise that this has strongly influenced a lot of my work. As well as illustrations of the characters I've drawn in the past, I've also started a collage series reflecting some of the darker acts of the play. This first one represents the ghost of Banquo returning for the feast, as Macbeth toasts his health. For those that don't know the play, I suggest you go read it! But just as a quick overview (*Spoilers!) Banquo is Macbeth's best friend, whom he has murdered.
A few of my favourite points of reference in the piece are the three sketched profiles of women, representing the presence of the three weird sisters, the multitude of dogs scattered around which are of course 'man's best friend' and very loyal creatures, and the stag below the doe, which shows Macbeth's place in his marriage.
There's a lot of other symbolism dotted around, but I'll let you make your own minds up about those...
This month the North Vancouver Community Arts Council has a great exhibit opening called "Homesick" and will be featuring my collage work in their lineup. It's a great topic, with a wide range of art styles and creative minds showing some of their most inner feelings and emotions.
For me the concept of home has changed so much over the last 10 years, and I've traveled a long, winding journey in deeper understanding and appreciating what it is to feel that yearning. I think it's going to be an amazing showcase of truly emotional and vulnerable pieces, well worth a trip over the water to check out.
For more info, click here to be directed to their website, or if you don't know your way around North Vancouver click here for a map to the gallery.