A friend of mine who I admire for her complete strength and resourcefulness and fearlessness started a business when pregnant and is successfully raising her baby and carrying on with her business. I'm in awe as when my first baby was 5 months old I was only just about discovering evenings again. So she sat and told me about her beautiful traditional Thai Massage salon and how she would like to host a display of my scarves for her customers to buy. I was really delighted and wanted to make her something that fitted her elegant salon. You can see for yourself how lovely it is http://www.siamtraditionalnuadthai.com/
Thailand is an amazing country that has a rich and vibrant visual heritage that I have only ever seen in pictures. The statuary of their temples and public spaces seems to just burst with an extravagance of form and colour and energy. I wanted to capture some of this alongside their very precise and careful perfectionism. However as it's utterly unlike me so hence the challenge! I found a photo of a carved wooden birdman something akin to an angel. He was my figure. I surrounded him with flames as flame motifs seem to decorate these and other mythical creatures. I've always had a fascination for flames as I do for stream rising or stirred coffee or any representation of fluids moving. I always wonder what a flame actually is and I guess it's the visualisation of chemical reaction. Burning gases. But that's what they tell me however it looks like it should be something more. Not surprising that ancient peoples looked for spirits within flames. Something with life. I try to stick with the science but my mind refuses to quite accept it. So flames of dragons and firebirds has become a theme for me.
My birdman stands with his flaming legs and tail feathers surrounded by discreet bursts of flames all rolling and leaping.
He's still drying on the frame but once finished I will parcel him up and send him on his way to London town. Hope you like him!