The interaction of birds in a ritualised and choreographed, yet innate, manner is a wonder to behold. The fact remains however that the courtship display of the great crested grebe (Podiceps Cristatus) is also beautiful. Do the birds recognise this as such? This painting seeks to communicate some of the quiet dignity of this miraculous behaviour and also suggests that the birds do of course recognise the creative beauty of their dance-like movement.

Podiceps cristatus (great crested grebe) painting

To reduce this spectacle to some kind of programmed behaviour coded in the genome is fashionable, but I think the birds know better. The sequence AGCT can never spell JOY.

The title of the work is of course deliberate.. Quod scripsi, scripsi.

155x205mm, metal leaf, painted gesso board