"Digging"

Inspired by "Digging", by Seamus Heaney, in "Room to Rhyme" (2004, The University of Dundee). My response to this well known poem is an attempt to reconcile the sense of apparent conflict between the cerebral and sophisticated qualities inherent in the world of ideas and the tactile, earthy qualities of the land that our forebears worked. I have tried to explore the perceptible gap that exists between these worlds and suggest how they might interrelate, by having the fragments of text - lines from the poem - weaving in and out of the earth and through the illuminated ‘windows’ in the dark structure above which, to me, almost begins to suggest a cityscape (strangely akin to the film sets for ‘Batman’, created by Tim Burton). The translucent box to the left-hand side of the composition is partly a symbol for the self, renewed, or inspired, by experiencing a connection with the past, through the earth.
Ref:
poem-houses_7
Date:
01/02/04
Location:
Private Collection
Photographer:
Douglas McBride. Designed by Dave Herbert.

"Digging"

Inspired by "Digging", by Seamus Heaney, in "Room to Rhyme" (2004, The University of Dundee). My response to this well known poem is an attempt to reconcile the sense of apparent conflict between the cerebral and sophisticated qualities inherent in the world of ideas and the tactile, earthy qualities of the land that our forebears worked. I have tried to explore the perceptible gap that exists between these worlds and suggest how they might interrelate, by having the fragments of text - lines from the poem - weaving in and out of the earth and through the illuminated ‘windows’ in the dark structure above which, to me, almost begins to suggest a cityscape (strangely akin to the film sets for ‘Batman’, created by Tim Burton). The translucent box to the left-hand side of the composition is partly a symbol for the self, renewed, or inspired, by experiencing a connection with the past, through the earth.
Ref:
poem-houses_7
Date:
01/02/04
Location:
Private Collection
Photographer:
Douglas McBride. Designed by Dave Herbert.