Manoeuvres at the Brink - 2013
As I was getting towards finishing off this piece of work (and it was hard to call a halt to this piece) I knew it was going to be one of my most difficult to translate into words – even putting the title into words was hard enough.
However, now being asked what I mean by the title has become even harder as it's one of the most personal pieces of almost all of my imagery.
The thing is, I know what I mean by it but it's my very personal arrival at; or sensation of; - “the Brink” and my grappling with it. And it's something that I'm not sure I could ever put into words.
However, speaking with people about this image who have looked at it and studied it over the five years or so that I've now displayed it – I have come to realise that it needs no more input from me as it means very different things to different people. Indeed, some of the people who picked it out and purchased it as their favourite piece of my work and have lived with it on their wall for some years now “know” it far better than me (I don't currently have a copy on my own wall) because everyone's "Brink" is personal to them.
So – what I've arrived at is maybe the only true interpretation is the exact and succinct title which I grappled with for so long........... “Manoeuvres at the Brink”.
"A picture is worth a thousand words"