Wren in the Treemen’s Wood With Three Goldfish

“Wren in the Woods of the Treepeople with Three Goldfish”, paintmarker, pencil & ink pen on paper, 297x420mm, Charlie Kirkham 2013. #
“Wren in the Woods of the Treepeople with Three Goldfish”, paintmarker, pencil & ink pen on paper, 297x420mm, Charlie Kirkham 2013. Exhibited at RK Burt Gallery as part of “Paperworks 2013”. 

The Wren started off as an idea in my sketchbook, as so many drawings do. It was an image that I liked but was unsure what to do with. Later, as I began the series exploring the imaginary woods of the Tree People, a people who are based on mythological tree spirits. For more myths about trees see http://www.mythencyclopedia.com/Tr-Wa/Trees-in-Mythology.html

Working in paintmarker and ink for the colours I wanted to fully integrate the pencil drawing into the work. Each branch of the trees and the shadows of the fish are creating using HB pencil. The leafless branches become a pattern in themselves as they frame the Wren. It’s an imaginary world where the improbable becomes likely, a bit like “Alice in Wonderland”. The Wren is massive compared to the woods, but really only around life size when the paper size is considered. I liked playing around with that notion of scale and perspective.

Alongside “Firey Angel’s Web” a paintmarker drawing inspired by the choreography of Prokofiev’s Opera, The Fiery Angel, this work was shown at RK Burt Gallery, London in 2013. The exhibition was “Paperworks” a celebration of small (under 20”) paper-based drawings from the Society of Graphic Fine Art.