So, this was quite an emocional piece. I was doing something for college when I heard the news of the fire, I waited until Notre Dame was saved and just felt that I had to do something. So here it is!
I had the chance to visit Notre Dame quite a few times, and go up there twice, when I was 11 years old and again two years ago, when I took the photo that you can see if you swipe.
I kept thinking about Victor Hugo and his novel Notre Dame de Paris, how he fought for it and how I loved the way that Notre Dame was a character, and not just a scenary.
I wanted to represent the moment after the fire, the sort of sad calm. I did the spire almost like a sketch, representing the construction as well as the destruction.I included Quasimodo and Victor Hugo himself, as well as a little Easter egg for who read the book: “anankê” which means necessity and fatality, and is an important subject in the book, it’s on a brick, see if you can spot it.
“Notre Dame de Paris is, in particular, a curious specimen of this variety. Each face, each stone of the venerable monument, is a page not only of the history of the country, but of the history of science and art as well”-Victor Hugo .
Day before the #NotreDame fire.
This past week has been about me asserting worker's rights, recovering from jet lag, and waking in the middle of the night crying and awash with gratitude for Joe and Nova the dog.
Thank you to all my friends who have offered moral support in this difficult time. @jess.jjb , I can't wait to talk to you. #friendsforlife ...