Word Travels West


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 West”

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.

Wynne travelled to the West with Hornesby the Narwhalicorn and a curious blue dragon named Emil. Hornesby adores anything nautically-themed so Wynne packed several books to read to him, including the water-resistant editions of “Moby Dick” and “20,000 Leagues Under The Sea.”

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