‘The chorus too should be regarded as one of the actors; it should be an integral part of the whole, and share in the action…’
Aristotle, Poetics, Chapter 18
I am a multi award-winning multimedia artist and writer and I want you to join me in the Forest Chorus, a private members club I am establishing.
My art has taken me to China, Greece, the USA and beyond. My PhD thesis considered the tangled relationship between words and images spread over 3,000 years of Western art history and literature. I have made pictures, poems and stories in Japan and Singapore, and I am currently working on a seven-year project, Triple Enlightenment, set in past, modern-day and future India. This project uses my poetry, drawings, prints, photography and films to explore the environment, mental health and spirituality, and will be exhibited in the UK, India and the Far East. You can view work in progress from parts one here, two here, and and highlights of the completed third part, here.
In the coming decade, as well as staging Triple Enlightenment, I will publish my first artist’s monograph, more of my poetry and my PhD thesis with an academic publisher, pay off a sizeable chunk of my mortgage, continue to teach at Oxford University, and raise my baby boy Siddharth with my wife Ritu.
As part of the Forest Chorus, you will join me on each of these journeys, apart from the last one, although we hope you meet Sid soon! And you won’t even be asked to sing. Unless you really want to. You will be given a wide range of discounts and Chorus-only benefits. Twice a year, I stage events exclusively for you. In autumn/winter, these centre on a presentation at my studio of current works in progress, seeking your direct input. Think of these as a cross between an open studio and a test-screening for short films, with some great food and booze thrown in. In summer, I also show work in progress with a picnic or barbecue and seek constructive criticism. In addition, I also run occasional Chorus-only events, such as short, guided walks in my neighbourhood, which includes the William Morris Gallery, Walthamstow Wetlands and Epping Forest, and tours further afield such as around Tate Modern and the National Gallery.
The Forest Chorus will allow me to work completely independently as an artist, collaborating with commercial galleries and other institutions as and when I need, but without becoming beholden to outside commercial interests and pressures. Like other artists using digital platforms, I am pioneering a business model focussed more on process than outcome. But the Forest Chorus also offers you excellent incentives to own the final ‘products’ of my art. For a sense of the returns you can expect on your investment, view my multimedia projects here, my writing here, and my CV here.
It is my conviction that you will enjoy being part of the Chorus so much that you will want to subscribe for the rest of our lives. Join me!