InfanTile & VolaTile

«Shattered Dreams»

Tinkerbell’s wings separated by a tiny curved roofing

 

1972

mixed technique 74,5x86,5x6 cm

Dedicated to James Matthew Barry’s Peter Pan

 

 

 

Tinkerbell’s wings separated by a tiny curved roofing tile.

We associate wings with freedom, flight, light-heartedness and childhood.

Peter Pan is the eternal child, who in refusing to become an adult retains his freedom – and has the ability to fly. On one
of his flights over the roofs of London, he discovers Mary Darling’s house in Kensington, where Darling is reading bedtime
stories to her children. He is seen by Mrs Darling, and while fleeing loses his shadow. He returns the next night to retrieve
it, and is helped by Mrs Darling’s daughter Wendy.

So it’s a story about the desire to be free and the fear of losing freedom, the constant balancing act of being (free) and
having (freedom). You cannot find freedom unless you carry it inside yourself.

Incidentally, it’s interesting to note that in this picture the tile is a Mediterranean tile, whereas London rooftops are usually
made of slate. A reference to the emotional balancing act the artist performs between his love of London (where he was
born) and Rome (where he lives) ?