- Ocean View Studio Gallery
- Wednesday, July 29, 2020
- Monday, November 30, 2020
- Ocean View Dungeness Road
- South East England
- Helen Gillilan
The new show has been created just before and during the pandemic. At the beginning of the Covid-19 alert – I had a strong vision of a unicorn on the beach and so wrote the passage below.
I saw a unicorn today.
It first appeared in the far distance on the misty bay.
The dog and I stood to watch as the beast moved along the line of the outgoing tide towards us.
Sunlight shone rainbow droplets through a flying mane and flag end tail as its thunderous hooves crashed through the gently rippling water. As it came closer I was filled with fear; what I had thought to be a fine white horse was this wondrous creature, with its sharply pointed horn gleaming like a sword carved from mother of pearl.
We stood stock still, frozen as the unicorn veered tumultuously towards us – passing so close that we sensed the heat from its shining flanks and felt the breeze in its wake.
With explosive force it mounted the shingle bank, blasting pebbles in a roaring avalanche as it clambered the steep wall of stones.
Then it was gone.
As we dazedly walked towards home and safety. I realised that it had spoken to me as it passed, burying its message in my mind.
I am powerful, resourceful and emblematic.
I am the giver of life
The curer of disease
I am alone, live alone, travel alone…
I don’t exist.
For more information about the show and other work please visit: ocean-view-studio.com
Please observe strict Covid-19 protocol while visiting the gallery – I have provided hand sanitiser and gloves for using the browser. I would be very grateful if visitors can do their bit to protect other visitors and wear a face mask …I will be wearing one if you need my attention.
The gallery will be cleaned regularly and the card reader will be sanitised after each sale.
I look forward to welcoming you to see the work.