Alison Watt – Still

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.

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