I have been working on a collaborative project with Peter.
We are making an object which combines a wooden table structure with a clay vessel and is illustrated with notions based on Keats' Ode on a Grecian Urn in mind.
An intensely beautiful poem, I do not aspire to match it in this way but want to describe the urn as Keats sees it, a 'Sylvan historian' and poignant object from the past which is arguably devoid of life, but in other ways serves to preserve it, describing a passion and transience through its frozen, undying and un-ageing narrative.
Drawings on the wood- laser-cut by Peter- will illustrate the context of the poem, Keats' short but passionate life.
Themes of transience and life are key, as is the possibility for the object to house a plant, which, given romantic values, would be the most truly beautiful part of the piece.