Weathering Emotions

Updated: Feb 28, 2020

Loud is the Vale! the voice is up

With which she speaks when storms are gone,

A mighty unison of streams!

Of all her voices, one!

Loud is the Vale! - this inland depth

In peace is roaring like the sea;

Yon star upon the mountain-top

Is listening quietly

Wordsworth reflects the noise of the rivers, once the storm has abated in his Lines composed at Grasmere during a walk, one evening, after a stormy day.

This week at Rydal Mount, I am sitting in the Tea Room; once the Stables that housed the horses for Wordsworth and his family. It’s the middle of February and the weather outside is relentless rain.

A man and a woman, animated, sit at the next table, warming and drying out from their morning walk.

Yesterday, my talk on ‘Painting the Winter Landscape’ was cancelled because of the snow! Last week we struggled to get home because of localised flooding and a 1-hour journey took 2 and a half hours, whilst we stressfully tried to avoid the next big flood in the road.

I am following 5 themes throughout the year whilst artist in residence at Rydal Mount, echoing the themes found in William Wordsworth poetry. The current theme is Emotions and Feelings. At present the emotions and feelings of the whole country are raised with possible flooding threatening to yet again destroy lives of many in Cumbria and other hard-hit areas of the British Isles. The weather stirs up our emotions in an instinctive level that we can’t control and Climate Change makes it ever more real, more often.

People dashing in from the rain, visibly and audibly different from their normal behaviour. Us on our journey last week, anxious and nervous as well as excited for the unknown, the out of control. Rivers roaring, gushing, spilling out onto roads, threatening to damage and destroy.

My next body of work will aim to explore emotions and feelings through the environment and its changes as we come to terms with the effects of Climate Change.

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