Art Works created for the Exhibition by Bryan Hawkins and Jon Hone
The work in the exhibition explores the history, myth, stories and narratives of an important and fascinating Anglo-Saxon saint. Eanswythe connects with our present as she discloses a past that connects beyond the Saxon to ancient and even prehistoric inheritances. St Eanswythe, such as we know her from the scattered details of her life and influence, asks us as many questions as she answers and we must accept her as complex, multiple and trans-historical. Within her historic moment – Anglo-Saxon England – Eanswythe exists between the early church and paganism; between military and religious power in a crucial period, and between male and female roles within a volatile and changing world and society. Moving forwards she is an important and significant woman whose independence breadth and influence link her with modern and contemporary contexts events and issues. Projecting back beyond even her birth St Eanswythe leads us to myths of beginning, to prehistoric and ancient landscapes and to the folkloric and mythic roots of British and European culture.
“The large sculpture has been a collaboration with Jon Hone, master blacksmith. Jon has taken my initial ideas and final design (also exhibited) and realised a powerful simple form that uses ancient techniques to evoke elements of Eanswythe’s life.”
– Bryan Hawkins
‘St Eanswythe, healer, traveller, horsewoman, ancient saint’ – these use found and salvaged objects to evoke the complexity, diversity and mystery of St Eanswythe.
‘St Eanswythe at Sea’ imagines a strong brave woman at the helm of a magical ship.
‘Ghosts of Form’ connects objects with roots in our ancient past with the female form and emphasises Eanswythe as the head of a thriving spiritual, sustainable and complex community.