“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
Their project, Freezing point: colour unleashed, brings together the seen and the felt, forging connections between painter and poet, visual, spoken and written art forms.
Cherrie, Caroline and Susan met through their participation in Worcestershire Open Studios. 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.
Before the coronavirus outbreak, the artists were preparing for a joint exhibition at Elmslie House in, Malvern. While the show has been postponed, they are pursuing their plans to create brand new pieces of artwork inspired by the evocative poem Freezing point by Worcestershire poet Jeremy Harwood.
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.’”
Each artist is interpreting the poem in their own unique style of painting and will share their creative processes on social media as their artwork takes shape. To inspire other people to explore their own creativity during these extraordinary times they are also developing a selection of downloadable resources.
The project will culminate in a video presentation unleashing the completed artwork accompanied by a reading of ‘Freezing point’ by the poet who penned it along with outdoor displays of prints of the completed artwork.
With thanks to Severn Arts and Worcestershire County Council for the award of a #CreativeConnections grant for this project.