Thorns and Feathers – Ideas behind the Swan Woman Installation at Raveningham

Swan Woman in the Brambles, the bronze that I exhibited at Raveningham in 2019, was a piece about coercion.

Though it sounds banal, I was moved to tears by a story in The Archers about a coerced woman, and I realised this was because it was partly my story. It was also a universal story that many people can relate to. Swan Woman is escaping. The brambles symbolise the controlling relationship she is escaping from, but also the almost physical sensation in her heart of being torn by thorns that she suffers as she breaks out.
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Raveningham Sculpture Trail is now open till the end of August.

Meg has placed six pieces of new work on Tuesday 28th at Raveningham: Swan Woman Installation – site no 37 in brochure, and three bronze Wildroses which can be found just to the right of the door into the gallery.

Three pieces related to “Swan Woman in the Brambles” (Raveningham 2019) are linked by their reference to swans and brambles, their foundation in folk tales and ritual, and the artist’s personal experience. Unintentionally, they also reflect our experience of life during the epidemic.

Trail open daily 1st – 31st August, booking essential:

https://raveninghamsculpture trail.com

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