Begun in 2013, ‘Things Being Various’ is a compiled still life of views from the window of a room inhabited during that year, completed from memory in late 2015 and early 2016. Inspired partly by the beauty of colours and reflections playing upon and from the bottles and flowers kept by the window, the picture is suggestive of Louis MacNeice’s ‘Snow’: ‘World is crazier and more of it than we think […] I […] feel/ The drunkenness of things being various. // […] On the tongue on the eyes on the ears in the palms of one’s hands/ There is more than glass between the snow and the huge roses.’
Alighting on the possibilities of a world not separated (at least entirely) by the senses, or by the definitions between objects, MacNeice’s scene nevertheless understands the distance that occurs in the profusion of object identities. There is more than glass between snow and huge roses, because the connections and barriers between objects are so various – simultaneously containing the roses and snow in one single scene, and separating them entirely. Roses move into the colors and energies of bottles, of glass, of air, only vaguely distinguished from them by outline, and yet these very colors and mingling of identities separate the roses from the scene outside. In its miniature fragmentation, distinct in its instances and yet part of a larger ‘snowy’ whole, the snow falling outside the window is merely another part of this process of multisensory division and coherence.
Oil on Canvas