This painting by Alison Watt as recently been returned to Old St Pauls Church in Edinburgh, after a period away whilst the roof of the chapel was repaired.
It is beautiful..and I was thinking about the title – Still -, and some of the different meanings of that word: still as in unmoving or still as in continuing. The painting is reminiscent of the work of Tacita Dean in that it conveys active stillness, and I find it very conducive to contemplation. The fact that something can be a flat monochromatic surface and yet so alive is amazing.
I wanted to capture something of this quality of active stillness in the tablet in my Notions of Truth project.