So much to take in this past week, so much bad stuff. Sometimes it’s good to take a break from it all and do a bit of gardening.
Potatoes. You plant them five inches deep. There’s that anxious wait for the first fortnight when nothing happens but then, the joy of seeing those first green shoots when they push through!
And now they’re just bursting out all over. It’s uplifting just to look at those lush green leaves. And when it’s time to reach down into the damp cool earth and discover those lovely cream-coloured balls of flour – such a moment to savour.
Now, speaking of potatoes, you can see some watercolour paintings on this post, from my ongoing series inspired by potatoes. I started them last year for the Bloomsday Festival exhibition at the Olivier Cornet Gallery.
Just recently, these paintings were featured by Laurel Taylor in the James Joyce Quarterly at the University of Tulsa, USA. Her short article about the significance of spuds in Joyce’s Ulysses makes very interesting reading.
Now, it’s true that these watercolours started off as potatoes but they have developed in various, more abstract directions since then. Is there the hint of a face? Are they like green planets? For me, they seem to embody a sort of Geophilia or love of the earth and all things natural.
Because the Climate Crisis has not gone away, you know !
But back to Bloomsday. This year, the Olivier Cornet Gallery will be presenting another Joyce themed exhibition. Entitled: “The Morphing Feminine” , it will be an exploration of the ‘womanly man’ and the ‘subversion of masculinity’.
For myself, I’ll be tending to my garden this year but, for your information, the online opening will be happening on the 16th of June at 7pm.