Pursuit of truth has ever been a fervent, if somewhat cautious human
occupation. But in a world tyrannized by force and violence, Truth must
sometimes be told in a language the enemy does not understand; by the poets
and painters. This language often uses symbols and metaphors.
The synthesis of this masterly manipulation was based on his experience in his time and in history as he knew it. He could not know the future's history, yet the elasticity of his insights can encompass any parcel of time, including our own, with amazing relevancy.
Shakespeare created images with words: I have tried to create images with form and color. In either case, the inventions are derived from personal experience, and interpretations.
There are certain satisfactions from reading or seeing Shakespeare 'as-is', however, acquaintance with background material and an Elizabethan glossary can significantly enhance the experience.
So it is with the visual works presented here. Purists will argue that a visual work should be self-contained and independent of 'program notes'; a premise also applied to music, yet here too the pleasure is increased by enlightened discourse on the subject.
Literary reference does not necessarily disqualify a musical work. Shakespeare himself was the source and inspiration for many musical expressions, confirming an intimate and long existing association between music and drama.
My contribution of paintings and prints is intended to broaden and strengthen this alliance.
The following descriptions are offered as a glossary of the visual vocabulary. Technical matters have been omitted. The response of the spectator is a personal affair. To like or not to like is a judgement to be made in emotional privacy.
Professor Goddard said " Poetry reflects life as a mirror..same mirror, but different reflections."
He also said " We read a poem as we live.. at our own risk."
This goes for painting too. Shakespeare has said something to me, and I say
it to you. It is my personal sharing.