Seed to Star
Shovel head, cement, ash, acrylics, oils, emulsion, gold
leaf, metal bucket and glitter.
The shovel, painted so as to suggest stars and constellations,
is connected to the white egg, the true Virgin, an innocent
symbolising new beginnings. On one level the piece refers
to Galileo's radical observations and the subsequent ramifications
for Western religion and more critically culture. On another
level it suggests a conjoined paradox between the intimate
and the infinite. A tool fashioned by man for working on and
with the matter of land carries traces of the heavens. Through
contact with the earth and matter it is tool of regeneration,
an enabling and transformative object. The white egg confounds
religious dogma and is used to suggest the differences between
religious belief systems and natural phenomena, invented myth
and the given, proven fact.
The title is re-phrasing of "a star for every blossom",
which was an idea proposed by the 17th Century mystic alchemist
Robert Fludd, who believed in a geocentric image of the Cosmos.
He outlined a system of exact correspondence between the macrocosm
and the microcosm, with the Sun at the centre of the macrocosm
and the heart at the centre of the microcosm.