I have been fascinated to learn about Katherine Vaux and her very large family.
I have learnt of the unique time in English history, and how this influenced
the fortunes of the Throckmorton family.
Katherine’s family lived through the turmoil of the Reformation, some of her
sons remained Catholic (notably Robert) and some turned to the Protestant
religion (notably Nicholas). Whichever choice they made, her children and their
descendants faced danger and deceit. This being influenced greatly by the
changing monarchs of the time and their preferred religion.
A family divided
This piece is a culmination of many of the concepts that I have been drawing
on in connection with Katherine Vaux.
The overall shape represents the flower of a strawberry; this flower shape
has been torn apart through the centre creating a divide. In addition there is
an element of the strawberries from the dress in Katherine's portrait on the
stairs of the Court, sometimes hidden, sometimes visible depicting times of
danger and times when in favour. The two sets of colours also suggesting times
to shine brightly in the forefront and maybe times to hide in the shadows.
The image has lots of layers, this is a feature of my drawings that depict
the many different layers within our identity and how our identity changes and
grows as time passes by.