I’ve been reworking some previously explored image ideas, in particular, a collection of teacups that were salvaged from the trash pile at an old house belonging to my eldest brother about 25 years ago.
This past winter/spring (same season in Newfoundland, really!), with the pandemic informing our hermit-like new way of life, I happened upon 1996 notebook thoughts and images. The work that I was creating back then was all about appreciating the little things in life. Like a cup of tea. It seems to me that 2020 is the perfect time to bring back that appreciation. We can’t always get what we want, but can take the time to realize how good we do have it instead of focusing on the bad things in our lives.
I printed 100 of each of these three teacups, and when I was ready to sign these Trial Proofs, it hit me that Hermit Cove Cups would be the perfect title. The original cups were from a house on Hermit Cove Road in Badger’s Quay. And the images were made while practicing the life of a hermit due to COVID-19 restrictions at Norton’s Cove. Maybe I should have made them Hermit Covid Cups?