Day two of Woodland Banners Poetry Walk in the snow. Here’s some pix from Loop #2 the next day when the sun is out. The difference is… yoooge.
When folks come to see the Woodland Banners and the Poetry Walk I often remark that one of the interesting times to see it is in the snow. Snow visually neutralizes much of the landscape so it’s all more gallery-like. Of course we don’t get all that much snow any more, what with Republicans controlling the House and Senate, but once in while it happens. Winter storm “Jonas” just came through yesterday and will perhaps revisit later today. Locally it wasn’t nearly the apocalyptic storm they predicted, but you probably couldn’t get up my driveway today and neither could I if I was where you are. But I’m not, so I wandered Loop One of the Poetry Walk and took some photos.
“Dirt after Pollock,” digital image on canvas with raw beeswax and repurposed wood. 63″x32″x2″
It just warmed my heart to be cruising around Wikipedia one day and discover a deity from Celtic mythology named Secellus, “god of agriculture, forests and alcoholic drinks.” Such a God seemed like just what I needed out here so I created a series of works to honor the dude and bring renewed attention to his efforts. In addition, Secellus (sometimes spelled “Sucellus” or “Sucellos” — I think as long as you get the consonants right you can use any vowels you want) was apparently often depicted with a dog (or three-headed dog) and a giant hammer (and sometimes called “The Hammer God”). He used the hammer to make plants grow and to put the dying out of their misery. He often hung out with a girlfriend goddess named Nantosuelta who traveled around with something resembling a birdhouse on a stick.
This series represents some of the work that will be on display October 10-11 and 17-18 at Bourbon, Dogs and Art as part of the Alamance Studio Tour. Plus there’s the Grand Opening of our Woodland Banners Poetry Walk!
On the left we see Secellus with his hammer in one hand and a drink in the other, accompanied by his one-headed dog. On the right we see him again, this time joined by Nantosuelta with her birdhouse on a stick.