Word Travels South


12″ x 24″ acrylics on canvas. 2017. Part of Justin Hillgrove’s 2017 exhibition “Well Read.” The show focused on storytelling, books and reading.

“Word Travels South”

Before the books arrived, the villagers’ time was spent collecting shiny but useless trinkets or staring vacantly at the cacophonous boxes that held such prominent places in their homes. The words on the pages brought knowledge, enchantment and adventure to them in a way they hadn’t dreamed possible before. Many in the village decided to gather their new favorite books and set off in different directions to share their discovery.

Samu and his amiable companion Baalan were both enthralled by nonfiction. Art and music books,  biographies, histories and even a cookbook were packed for their journey to the South. Samu also included a razor for Baalan just in case it got a little too warm for his woolly companion.

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