A tilted up space, a table top, like in William Scott or Robert MacBryde or even in those Dutch market stall paintings of the 17th century. The islolation of each form though is modernist.
A conversation between the two shapes, like fish in a pond, or some kind of creatures, with snouts smelling each other out. I sent an image of this painting half way through to Peter in Trinidad. He in his studio, me in mine. I was remembering those avacados we had out there- so lovely tasting, as big as small rugby balls and growing in trees all around. Peter likes his haggis too, and an instagram conversation sprang up about the merits and differences of Stornoway black pudding and Trinidadian black pudding…food from cultures where traditionally - and still - waste of any animal bits is not countenanced.
In the end its not haggis’s versus avacados but haggis’s and avacados. Peter suggested a wonderful breakfast of the two. Haggis is banned in USA, on account of certain bits of sheep that are used. Obviously Donald Trump’s ancestral ( and acquisitive ) relationship to Scotland doesn’t extend to food. Haggis remains banned. Thinking initially this might have been destined for a show there I thought it would be good to at least smuggle a painted one in…and on a James Joyce book cover too. For a long time Joyce also suffered at the hands of customs officials.