Shadow drawings

Would you not ?
Would you not ?
Taking with him my shadow
Taking with him my shadow
Cast
Cast
Secrets
Secrets
Sights
Sights
On the Hill
On the Hill
Caught
Caught
I Started
I Started
Schlemihl's Stream
Schlemihl's Stream
I Started
I Started
Crossing
Crossing
Raised
Raised
First Night
First Night
Desire
Desire
Reach Out
Reach Out
Shadowed
Shadowed
Shadow Me
Shadow Me
Somnabulist
Somnabulist
Tuesday 4th
Tuesday 4th
Dance Two
Dance Two
Untitled
Untitled
Sunday 2nd
Sunday 2nd
Untitled 2
Untitled 2
Final panorama
Final panorama
Reflection
Reflection

This series of shadow drawings was prompted by the search for narrative in previous abstract works. Soon afterwards I came across Adalbert von Chamisso's, the author of Peter Schlemihls wundersame Geschichte, 1814, or The Man Who Sold His Shadow, a popular children's tale even today. A year later Chamisso travelled as naturalist on the Rurik Expedition to discover a north-east passage in the Bering Straits. His tale of the shadow can be read as a reflection of his own feelings of dislocation and homelessness as a Frenchman by birth living on German soil. He was a poet of the Romantic movement who spent his life as a naturalist in the pursuit of truth in science.