Stairway to Heaven

297 GBP

Stairway to Heaven is an original painting of a staircase painted in watercolour and acrylic ink by Cathy Read.
Abstract inspired by a carved wooden staircase which had been salvaged and was on display in the Victoria and Albert museum. I couldn't help think of the song Stairway to Heaven by Led Zeppelin.

There's a lady who's sure all that glitters is gold and she's buying a stairway to heaven.

Or so the song goes and kept on going in my head when I saw this staircase in the Victoria and Albert Museum .

I said to my friend "This is going to be a painting one day",

I was drawn to the contrast of the contemporary glazing with the ancient wooden carving the setting of two opposites together and took this rather dark picture on my phone with no flash. But more than that, the staircase as a metaphor is something that intrigues me. And this one more than most.

This staircase once went somewhere.

It was part of a building. The building is gone now but here it is, incomplete, going nowhere. There are many analogies I could draw:

  • The futility of carving an elaborate path but not paying attention to where it goes.
  • Of living in the shoes of another, following a beautiful pathway created by someone else that ultimately gets you where you don't want to be.
  • The finality of life, this once went somewhere but now it doesn't. It ended!
  • Of looking at purpose out of context. This once went somewhere and made sense but now it's been taken away from its environment and is like a fish out of water.

And now it is this painting.


Details
Dimensions of picture: 39× 29 × 0.2 cm (unframed) / 38× 28 cm (actual image size)

Creation The picture is painted on watercolour paper. She draws the lines with masking fluid to a planned arrangement before painting it with a watercolour wash which gets covered with clingfilm. Once this is removed the picture is further developed using acrylic inks which are left to dry before the masking is removed to reveal the final picture.