Ice – A Novel Soundtrack

Ice by Anna Kavan | Waterstones

I made an album last year and I have finally released it on Bandcamp. I had the idea of creating soundtracks for novels I love, in particular those with a strong atmosphere. The pieces here are mostly drones and layers with crackles and ice noises – one or two have beats.

Anna Kavan published Ice in 1967 and it has to be one of the strangest books I’ve read. It explores themes of obsession, misogyny, environmental collapse, patriarchal fascism and identity confusion – oh and it has a lot of references to Indris – the vanishing lemurs.

If that makes it sound dark and unpleasant – it is – but it also exquisitely beautiful and wonderfully mad – something like Kafka filtered through Ballard and Vonnegut (but completely original).

Kavan is a fascinating figure and is well worth reading and long overdue the recognition and literary status that her work deserves.

Find out more about Kavan here.

Golden Wedding Mucha

Golden Wedding – Acrylic & gold over collage on wood panel (after Mucha)

I did this for my Mum and Dad’s recent Golden Wedding Anniversary. It’s a collage painting after a famous work by Alphonse Mucha, with lots of real gold leaf over black gesso. I really love working on pieces like this, which I mostly do for fun and to practise technique.

Sabiscuit mentioned liking the gold, so here’s another one for you! Thanks for the follow and support.

Art archive on Google Photos

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I have set up an archive of images of my work to here. It will change and update as and when. and should eventually form a complete a catalogue as possible. Some work by Suzette Humphreys is also included as we have worked together so often.

I also include shots of works in progress and other related images – e.g. of gallery installations. Image quality is not perfect. I am working on a full quality set of high res and watermarked photos for the future.