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Tales from the Road: Stories Heard by a Pilgrim (maybe).

Davies, Andy ORCID: (2020) Tales from the Road: Stories Heard by a Pilgrim (maybe). [Image] (Unpublished)

[img] Image (Artwork by Andy Robert Davies for the 'Enchanted Environments' symposium, Worcester, 6 March 2020)
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Katherine Lack introduces her book, The Cockleshell Pilgrim, A Medieval Journey to Compostela as a “…reconstruction of one man’s attempt to walk from England to Spain, to worship at the shrine of St James at Compostela.” The remains of the man, who Lack suggests was called Robert Sutton, were accidently uncovered in Worcester Cathedral in 1986. These bones were accompanied by the artefacts of a pilgrim and a cockleshell. This object is associated with the Way of St James or El Camino in Spain. If the ‘Cockleshell Pilgrim’ walked to Santiago de Compostela, he would have covered over 1000 miles, travelling through different kingdoms, each with its own beliefs and customs, landscape and climate. At each resting place, stories would be shared with other travellers. Those fireside retellings of miracles, heroes and monsters could have the power to inspire, amuse and terrify the weary traveller. I am researching this journey, drawing the different landscapes through which he passed and the stories, myths and folktales that he may have encountered. This is a process of mapping a medieval pilgrimage by illustrating the different narratives heard whilst on the road. Lack describes her written account in the following way, “The framework, in the other words is ‘fact’, the journey is a ‘fiction’.” I am using the same formula with my own artwork and allowing the characters from these tales to inhabit the ‘real’ world experienced by Sutton. By taking influence from Magic Realism writers such as Gabriel García Márquez and Paulo Coelho, I aim to create work that communicates the fear and superstition that would have been encountered whilst on a pilgrimage.

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Artwork by Andy Robert Davies created for 'Enchanted Environments: Eco-Criticism and Folklore Studies', Green Voices Research Group One-day Symposium, Friday 6th March 2020, University of Worcester.

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons CC-BY-NC-4.0 licence. Any re-use should credit Andy Robert Davies.

Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: Enchanted environments, Worcester, eco-criticism, folklore, pilgrim, pilgrimage, cockleshell
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BX Christian Denominations
D History General and Old World > D History (General)
D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D111 Medieval History
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GR Folklore
N Fine Arts > N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
N Fine Arts > NC Drawing Design Illustration
Divisions: College of Arts, Humanities and Education > School of Arts
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Depositing User: Andy Davies
Date Deposited: 12 Mar 2020 15:40
Last Modified: 11 Jun 2024 13:51

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