Every year Cyprus hosts the medieval and renaissance conference, Othello’s Island , in Nicosia. This year I was lucky enough to be invited along to exhibit some of my work. The conference is held inthe Centre of Visual Arts and Research (CVAR) in Nicosia’s arty district. Here Dr Rita Severis curates an interesting collection of Cypriot artefacts and hosts educational events.
Art on Cyprus
My involvement started a couple of years ago when I helped with Dr Gaie Burnet’s paper on Simone Martini’s lost predella. Gaie presented this paper at conference and included my sketches along with other paintings of a medieval nature.
The exhibition features a mixture of medieval rooms, Gothic machines and twenty of my saint renditions. Along with these, there were also a couple from the medieval tree series and two olde Twitter bird watercolours.
The interlinking theme in these paintings is the idea of the modern world through medieval eyes and the show illustrated 21st century devices displayed in a 13th century style.
This worked well with the various papers the academics presented, which included such topics as incorruptible saint’s bodies, bad boys of Shakespeare and a lovely piano recital by Richard Hull.