‘Where our ancestors fly’ – inspired by the song ‘Special Place’ by Muted World

‘Where our forefathers fly’. Watercolour on Arches 185 gsm paper, 26 x 18 cm. © Eelco Bruinsma 2016
‘Where our ancestors fly’. © Eelco Bruinsma, watercolour on Arches 185 gsm paper, 26 x 18 cm

When I hear the song ‘Special Place’ by Muted World, sung by the beautiful voice of Jófríður Ákadóttir, it immediately sparks a chain of mental images that is difficult to control. Some music has this involuntary synesthetic effect. Muted World’s ‘Special Place’ has a hypnotic reference to the ancestors. The images that fill my thoughts are chains of vaguely tribal shapes, floating in a blue sky. Is it DNA, or is it a series of signs? I don’t know. I have just tried to quickly capture a fragment in watercolour, a fast, and versatile medium. I will dive in again soon and see whether there is more.

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