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During the Spring 2020 pandemic lockdown, I was at my desk and flipped down the laptop lid after a long day of writing. There, against the wall, was an unfinished drawing I’d started a year before. I stared at it and a dozen faces glared right back at
me.

What was seemingly a huge and impossible task to complete soon became a very welcome distraction during lockdown.
Thus, I finished A Crowd of Basalt and was delighted to have it shown at a Cambridge, England gallery whilst the ink was still barely dry.

My Hidden Creatures Art series of drawings has grown from there. Photographer Martin Bond (of A Cambridge Diary fame, see https://www.acambridgediary.co.uk/) invites artists to
produce work inspired by one of his extraordinary photographs. I initially made four such Cambridge drawings to explore further aspects of my favourite drawing medium (pen and ink on watercolour paper) and then looked to Oxford and to the
Isles of Scilly for further inspiration.


I have always noticed many faces around our world – in clouds, food, carpet patterns, sand, dirt, in stains such as a building’s patina, puddles, rocks, tree trunks and elsewhere – i.e. pretty much everywhere – but it wasn’t until 2019 that I realised
this is a thing with a name.

It’s called pareidolia. I’m sure it’s a common tendency for
humans to perceive faces in inanimate objects and places, which probably traces back to some survival skill intended to help early humans identify friends or foes in their very wild world.

However, some of us see more faces than others. My son counted 62 faces in my drawing Holly and The Ivy, which can be found under the tab Hidden Cambridge. I wonder – how many creatures do you spot in that drawing?

I hope you enjoy your visit to Hidden Creatures Art.

Donna McLuskie

(photo above taken by Richard Brochu-Williams)

© 2020 HIDDEN CREATURES ART

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