After having a conversation about the short story ‘The Rain Horse’ by Ted Hughes at the opening of my exhibit at Creo Gallery in Wake Forest, NC, I became very interested in the piece. I’d never read it. Since, I’ve just begun to work through it, and have ordered (totally self-indulgently) a copy of each of the two volumes of Modern Short Stories, the compendium in which the story is published.
In the meantime, I’ve begun to extract passages ripe with agitated life, and given to depiction – abstraction. I’ve abstracted the work, thus far, into five minimalist pieces, and am working through more concrete abstractions (um…really…??) as well. Below is one of the abstractions giving more visually concrete depiction. This work centers on the turn of phrase: ”He snatched up two stones and roaring with all his strength flung the one in his right hand.”
I’ve also just looked for some scholarly material about place-identity and come across an article that delves into the place-person relationship and its impact on identity formation. CLICK HERE to read the article.