“At freezing point the night hands over to the day
And the sun peers through a haze
Hunting the stars scattered in the frosted grass.”
From Freezing Point © Jeremy Harwood
Freezing point: colour unleashed was a month long collaborative project bringing together the seen and the felt, forging connections between painter and poet, visual, spoken and written art forms.
Supported by a #CreativeConnections grant from Severn Arts, Cherrie and fellow Worcester artists Caroline Hall and Susan Birth created brand new artwork inspired by the evocative poem ‘Freezing point’ penned by Worcestershire poet Jeremy Harwood.
The three artists met through their participation in Worcestershire Open Studios and before the coronavirus outbreak were preparing for an exhibition at Elmslie House, Malvern. While they each have very different approaches and styles of painting, their artwork is united by their love of colour and their use of acrylic paint.
Each artist interpreted the poem in their own unique style of painting and shared their creative processes on social media as their artwork took shape.
Cherrie explains, “Although we chose the poem some months ago, we feel it has a particular poignancy for this challenging time in our nation and indeed the world. It speaks of a ‘stop motion world’ and ‘time expanding to match the widening panorama’. Towards the end there is encouragement that ‘the cold brings warmth to the adventure seeker’ and to ‘wander free if you want your world refreshed.’”
To inspire other people to explore their own creativity during these extraordinary times they also developed a selection of downloadable resources.
The project culminated on 31 May when the artists unveiled the results of their project at Waitrose in Worcester and released a video presentation accompanied by a reading of ‘Freezing point’ by the poet who penned it.
Poster displays of the final paintings can be seen outside the Waitrose store in Worcester and on the Severn Way towards Diglis.
With thanks to Severn Arts and Worcestershire County Council for the award of a #CreativeConnections grant for this project.