Perspectives in time
Exist beyond its confines
Each moment is now
What is, was and will become
These nine stone heads were found in the museum attached to Whitby Abbey in Yorkshire, on our recent winter workshop. The first image shows casts of carved heads taken from the Abbey itself… perhaps portraits of patrons. The solitary head, with faces pointing towards the past, present and future, looks at each with shared vision… three faces, two eyes, not unlike the symbol of the Three Hares, that we have found in so many churches, including the Tinner’s Hare in Tavistock; a symbol both pagan and Christian, echoed in the art of many cultures.
Real or symbolic, there is something particularly moving about gazing into a human face, crafted centuries ago, by human hands. Our world has changed so much… and yet we have changed so little. The human story seems not so very long.