Myth and Masks by Paul Watson is an evocative work…a transformative journey, a gateway into an Otherworld.
…within these book pages we find the Badb Catha, the Death Mask and the Crow. The imagery of the crow goddess as rendered by Watson is reminiscent of the Plague Doctor masks of medieval times; but it is not confined to an isolated historical pestilence but is an eternal archetype. The Crow – devourer of carrion, a memento mori ~ a reflection of death in life.
Within his writings that accompany the imagery, Watson seamlessly draws in considerations of sources such as ancient myth, fairy tales, witchcraft, folk customs, hauntology and the ‘English Eerie’. Literary luminaries such as Robert Macfarlane, Marina Warner, Warren Ellis, Martin Shaw, Robert Holdstock and others take their place.
Visually and textually, Myth and Masks is an intriguing, evocative work and one that I recommend a place on the bookshelves of Folk Horror Revivalists.
Andy Paciorek, Folk Horror Revival website, 2016.
The book takes the reader on a journey through the last two years of his work, touching on subjects as eclectic as the English eerie, folk-horror and psychogeography, with every stop in between. In addition to the beautiful colour plates of Paul’s work, the book includes several essays focusing on the inspiration behind his work along with ideas of myth and folklore, creating together an engrossing volume that will lead you to another world.
Willow Winsham, FolkloreThursday website, 2016.
Highly recommended: a treat for the eyes and the imagination!
Jane Talbot, author of The Faerie Thorn & Other Stories
Myth and Masks: Artwork by Paul Watson 2013–2015 is a volume of Paul Watson’s artwork from 2013 to 2015, focusing mainly on photography but also including drawing and printmaking. The stark and dramatic images are complemented by an edited selection of his writings on myths, masks, and the “English Eerie”, previously published on his Artist’s Notebook blog during the course of creating these pieces of artwork.
These selected pieces of Paul Watson’s artwork show his development of an intertwined host of primal characters, drawn from his imagination, but strongly influenced by the English landscape and the myths and legends that are embedded deeply within that landscape.
The accompanying written pieces show the artist’s exploration of, and research into, the wider subject matter of what has become known as “the English Eerie” that runs in parallel with the creative process.
Myth and Masks: Artwork by Paul Watson 2013–2015:
- ISBN: 978-0-9934736-0-9
- Pages: 128
- Format: Hardback, high-quality litho-printed, sewn binding
- Price: £29.99 exc. shipping
- Size: 252mm × 196mm (approx. 9.9ʺ × 7.7ʺ)
- 28 colour plates, 3 b&w plates
- Foreword by David Southwell
- UK: £2.00
- Europe: £6.00 (Airmail)
- US & Rest of World: £10.00 (Airmail)