CALLY TRENCH

Metamorphosis

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These drawings show hands (and feet) from which feathers are sprouting. The hands and feet are not yet wings, but can never go back to being hands and feet. Ovid's Metamorphoses (written about 2000 years ago in Latin) is a collection of stories in which human beings are transformed into trees, animals and birds, sometimes against their will but sometimes to escape a worse fate at the hands of the gods. What does it feel like to be in the process of that transformation? To be halfway between the person that you are ceasing to be and the bird that you are becoming? There is the promise of flight, freedom, an escape to the air, but there is the horrendous loss of human identity and the inevitable separation from all the people that you love.

The viewer is placed in the position of the artist, so that the transformation can be seen as happening to their own hands. In the drawings, the hands are life size, and are drawn from life - the artist's own ageing hands - in pen and ink on watercolour paper. One influence is Victorian scientific textbook illustrations, giving the drawings an air of old-fashioned scientific accuracy.

Metamorphosis (Bird) III, IV and IX were included in Unprecedented at Ovada, Oxford in 2021.

Cally Trench: Metamorphosis (Bird) I

Cally Trench, Metamorphosis (Bird) I (2021)
Pen and ink on watercolour paper, 30 x 24 cm

Cally Trench: Metamorphosis (Bird) II

Cally Trench, Metamorphosis (Bird) II (2021)
Pen and ink on watercolour paper, 30 x 24 cm

Cally Trench: Metamorphosis (Bird) III

Cally Trench, Metamorphosis (Bird) III (2021)
Pen and ink on watercolour paper, 40 x 30 cm

Cally Trench: Metamorphosis (Bird) IV

Cally Trench, Metamorphosis (Bird) IV (2021)
Pen and ink and watercolour on watercolour paper, 30 x 40 cm

Cally Trench: Metamorphosis (Bird) V

Cally Trench, Metamorphosis (Bird) V (2020)
Pen and ink on watercolour paper, 40 x 40 cm

Cally Trench: Metamorphosis (Bird) VI

Cally Trench, Metamorphosis (Bird) VI (2021)
Pen and ink on watercolour paper, 36 x 46 cm

Cally Trench: Metamorphosis (Bird) VII

Cally Trench, Metamorphosis (Bird) VII (2021)
Pen and ink and watercolour on watercolour paper, 23.5 x 32.5 cm

Cally Trench: Metamorphosis (Bird) VIII

Cally Trench, Metamorphosis (Bird) VIII (2021)
Pen and ink on watercolour paper, 41.5 x 28 cm

Cally Trench: Metamorphosis (Bird) IX

Cally Trench, Metamorphosis (Bird) IX (2020)
Pen and ink on watercolour paper, 53 x 76 cm

Cally Trench: Metamorphosis (Bird) X

Cally Trench, Metamorphosis (Bird) X (2021)
Pen and ink and watercolour on watercolour paper
40 x 30 cm

Cally Trench: Metamorphosis (Bird) XI

Cally Trench, Metamorphosis (Bird) XI (2021)
Pen and ink and watercolour

Cally Trench: Metamorphosis in Stages Cally Trench: Metamorphosis in Stages Cally Trench: Metamorphosis in Stages

Cally Trench
Metamorphosis in Stages (2021)
Pen and ink on watercolour paper,
each drawing 31 x 21 cm

Cally Trench: Metamorphosis: Assisted Flight I

Cally Trench
Metamorphosis: Assisted Flight I (2021)
Pen and ink and watercolour on watercolour paper
30 x 24 cm

Cally Trench: Metamorphosis: Assisted Flight II

Cally Trench
Metamorphosis: Assisted Flight II (2021)
Pen and ink and watercolour on watercolour paper
40 x 30 cm

Cally Trench: Metamorphosis (Duck) - Left

Cally Trench, Metamorphosis (Duck) - Left (2021)
Pen and ink and watercolour on watercolour paper
40 x 30 cm

Cally Trench: Metamorphosis (Duck) - Right

Cally Trench, Metamorphosis (Duck) - Right (2021)
Pen and ink and watercolour on watercolour paper
40 x 30 cm

Cally Trench: Metamorphosis (Magpie)

Cally Trench, Metamorphosis (Magpie) (2021)
Pen and ink on watercolour paper
53 x 76 cm

Cally Trench: Metamorphosis (Goose)

Cally Trench, Metamorphosis (Goose) (2021)
Pen and ink on watercolour paper
40 x 30 cm

Cally Trench: Metamorphosis (Woodpecker)

Cally Trench, Metamorphosis (Woodpecker) (2021)
Pen and ink on watercolour paper
30 x 24 cm

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