This piece was inspired by the time I first travelled to Europe and Scandinavia alone for nearly 3 months in mid 2016. It was both the greatest desire and greatest fear I had at the time; but since having returned it has propelled me into a consistent state of ‘doing’.
Residing at Truck Transmissions in Chipping Norton, ‘Two Worlds’ is a piece I painted to essentially remind me of love. Before leaving and at times during my travels I was always fearful that I would be either be cheated, pick pocketed or caught in some sort of altercation but I had found that all my experiences abroad were actually quite the opposite. Kind gestures were a plenty, meaningful conversations were had and there was a real sense of camaraderie between all other travellers who were also by themselves. Every time I was lost (which was more often than not) help was never afar.
And so, this piece follows the narrative of two worlds: the world of birds and the world of fish and how they are both different but from the same vein. It is a piece to remind me that the world is not as scary a place as I believed - and if you seek it, love and wonder is all around. Nelson Mandela best puts it as:
“No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.”
“A bird may love a fish, but where would they build a home together?”