Anam / Soul (edition of 25) by Miles Lowry
Archival Pigment Print on Verona 250HD High Definition Smooth Fine Art Paper 250 GCM; natural white 100% cotton acid free smooth matte surface
Image: 9" x 20"
Paper: 11" x 22"
Signed and numbered edition of 25
Price is subject to change.
Date created: 2023
Anam / Soul by Miles Lowry
"Anam is the Irish word for soul. Some words contain multitudes and soul is one of them. Most people have a sense of their own understanding of this word. It can refer to deep expression as in music or to the very concept of being. It is tender and powerful and confronts our intellect and intuition. It is cross-cultural, inclusive and sometimes a little challenging." - Miles Lowry
This limited edition is from Miles Lowry's show Letters from the Trees, and represents his ongoing studies of the Irish Ogham Alphabet.
In it’s earliest manifestation the Irish Ogham script can be found carved into ancient stone markers in the Irish countryside. It has since been lost, found, saved from obscurity and disputed for centuries. According to the medieval scribes who recorded it, the letters played an important role in the Bardic mystical tradition of honouring sacred trees and plants.
The fusion of mark-making and language is at the centre of Lowry’s approach as he merges modern pigments, paper, wax and wood with his own inks (by boiling oak galls or acorns) based on medieval recipes. As such, trees are sometimes both the substance and the subject of the works.
Read as a tree grows, from the bottom up, ANAM / SOUL explores how trees can portray abstract expressions, illumine hidden communications and inspire spiritual investigations.
The original work painted with Sumi (pine ink) in which this limited edition is based was created as part of Lowry's 2018/19 Artist-in-Residence Fellowship at the Centre for the Study of Religion and Society at the University of Victoria, and in residencie at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre in Ireland.
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