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The Death of

COCK ROBIN

"Who killed Cock Robin?"

The English nursery rhyme The Death of Cock Robin recites the roles undertaken by birds and other wild creatures at the funeral of ‘Cock Robin’. To illustrate the verses and explore their meaning, I drew upon a wealth of British folk-lore, traditional rituals of death and mourning, and the anatomy and character of the animals themselves. This project represents my own extensive research and personal interpretation of the rhyme, encapsulating the emotional potency of its symbolism for a contemporary audience of children and adults alike.

Over the course of a Fine Art Masters degree at Aberystwyth University I have been producing a set of 15 illustrations to be printed as an accompaniment to the rhyme in a limited edition book. Beyond the initial illustration project I am also going to be exploring the rhyme through a set of multi-media works which for the time being shall remain a secret. 

 

Several of the finished illustrations and a preview of the book itself can be viewed below. For updates on the progress of the work and options for purchasing the book, please do follow my blog or facebook page.