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Sail Away with Me
Works on Paper
Lucy Orchard Sail
Away With Me Recent Works on
A series of work that continues Lucy Orchards exploration of and
obsession with the sea.
Sail Away With Me is a collection of exquisite paintings through which Orchard explores the extremes of life experience that
defines us. The paintings are inspired by Lord Nelson's coat, which is on
permanent display at the National Maritime Museum.
These paintings use the sea as a metaphor to explore the journey of
love, from breathtaking moments to emotional desolation, and of hope,
perseverance, faith and trust.
Drawing on her maritime
ancestral history, which includes seven generations of master mariners, a
pirate from Bristol and, particular to this collection, an able seaman who
served with Lord Nelson on HMS Badger.
About the work:
Branded has two meanings. It is about being in touch with one's own
shadow. According to Jung, the 'shadow' refers to all that lies outside the
light of the conscious mind, and may be positive or negative and guides us
through our lives. The less the shadow is embodied in a person's conscious
life, the blacker and denser it is; it may also however, be 99% gold.
But the painting also takes inspiration from Julia Kristeva's definition
of love - 'an exaltation beyond eroticism that is as much inordinate happiness
as it is pure suffering; both turn words into passion' (Kristeva, Tales of
Love, 1987), or, of course, creativity.
To find optimism and hope at times of great loss requires immense faith
and soul-searching, and this is the meaning behind Looking for Patience and
Grace, using the sea as a metaphor for this exploration of the depths of
By the power invested in the artist, Lucy Orchard brings Nelson back to life in
Resurrecting Nelson (using a combination of Einsteins' Theory of Relativity,
Zimmerman's Theory of Particle Fission, and a touch of magic). In resurrecting
Lord Nelson the painting underlines the power of imagination over knowledge
because, as Einstein once remarked, without imagination we would never have
ideas profound enough to make scientific progress.
Nelson's Coat III (Performing 'Song for the Unification of Europe')
takes it’s inspiration directly from a piece of music by Priesner from Krystof
Kieślowski's film Three Colours Blue, the lyrics for which are from the Greek
text of 1 Corinthians 13:
Though I speak with the tongues of angels,
If I have not love
My words would resound with but a tinkling cymbal or resounding gong.
And though I have the gift of prophesy,
And understand all mysteries and all knowledge
And though I have enough faith to move the mightiest mountains,
If I have not love, I am nothing.
Love is patient, love is kind
It tolerates all things,
Hopes all things,
Love never fails.
While the prophecies shall be done away,
Tongues shall be silenced,
Knowledge shall fade.
Thus then shall linger only
faith, hope, and love,
But the greatest of these is Love.
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