Antiphony was a historical method of music production, whereby two sets of voices sang alternately, through a call and response. This year, we invited our members to propose artwork that explored the idea of a response through time.
My current work is a response to the countryside folklore of the past, exploring the fascinating superstitions and traditions linked with wildlife and the weather from a time when we were more connected to nature.
The inspiration for these two prints began recently when Bristol based folk band ‘Road Not Taken’ asked whether I would consider creating a piece of artwork in response to a song called ‘Grey of The Water’. In discussion I mentioned a lino print I was creating called ‘Oak Apple Day’ about the old celebration of the day King Charles 11 hid in an oak tree. The themes in this inspired Anita Dobson the singer from the band to then write lyrics for a new song with the same title.
Hence at a time when the ‘antiphony’ proposal arose, a natural call and response collaboration had begun which developed to fit with the brief, one discipline informing the other in a creative conversation.
‘Oak Apple Day’ song was written by singer Anita Dobson from ‘Road not Taken’ in response to the print.
‘Grey of The Water’ print was created in response to the lyrics and music of the song by ‘Road not Taken’.
TO FULLY APPRECIATE THE COLLABORATION, PUT ON THE HEADPHONES AND LISTEN TO THE SONGS WHILE LOOKING AT THE PRINTS!