Cow Pass is sleepy, but busy. It is mundane, but dynamic. It is an intersection of convenience. Importantly for us, it is an intersection of place and art; a focus on environment, perspective and identity; a focus on home.
artsmithsbda first explored this theme 21 years ago. This is a revisitation. (see Royal Gazette: The Smiths: Keeping Art in the Neighbourhood) How has the location changed? How have we changed? Certainly, our aesthetics have not- as we have maintained an interest in social environments and, in particular, our neighbours and immediate space.
Is Cow Pass (Khyber Pass) a microcosm of Bermuda? Is it fair for it be seen as such? Is it a metaphor- a reference to working class Bermuda and the values, interests, joys, and traditions that accompany this segment of society?
While seemingly following a tradition of painting the ‘picturesque’, our gaze prompts us to deviate with our focus, place and technique. We see this as an amazing opportunity for further exploration of a ready source and the consideration of trust themes such as integrity, connection, competence, and consistency. Where will the evolution from a rural space to a unique stop on an early tourist tour, and then to a neighborhood of mixed-use development, lead?
The following works are my contribution to the artsmithsbda exhibition: