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Metamorphosis drawings

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These drawings both show hands (and feet) from which feathers are sprouting. The hand or foot are not yet wings, but it 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.
In the drawings, the hands and feet are life size, and are drawn from life - from my own hands and feet - in pen and ink on watercolour paper.
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) 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, 34 x 47.5 cm
Cally Trench: Metamorphosis (Bird) VIII
Cally Trench, Metamorphosis (Bird) VIII (2021)
Pen and ink on watercolour paper, 60 x 44.5 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 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 44.5 x 25.5 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)
Cally Trench, Metamorphosis (Duck) (2021)
Pen and ink and watercolour on watercolour paper, 53 x 76 cm

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