Thematic Art

An eclectic selection of  thematic artworks where image and concept meet. More descriptive than conceptual art, these works encompass a wide range of styles. Some are purely conceptual, some are figurative or illustrate texts, such as in Rilke poem illustration, and some represent nature. All lean towards the imaginative rather than the representational.

The text of the poem, translated by me from the German, is below.

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Slowly the sky puts on its darkening blue coat,
held for it by a rim of ancient trees. 
You watch, and two worlds grow distant in your sight, 
One rising heavenwards, one that falls … 

Leaving you, not really belonging to either. 

It’s not so completely dark, as the house that is silent. 
Yet not so unbearably given to the eternal, 
as that which becomes a star each night, and rises;

Leaving you (it’s impossible to unravel all the threads) 
your life: with all it’s immensity and it’s fear
so that, now bounded, now reaching out …
Sometimes your life is stone in you, and sometimes star.

Rainer Maria Rilke
(translation by Fiona Campbell)