2006 acrylic and sand on board with hand painted pine mount 53 x 53cm
Prospero and Miranda sit by a glowing brazier. Miranda asks her Father what trouble she was to him during their expulsion from Milan aboard what her father calls a "rotten carcass of a butt, not rigged, nor tackle, sail nor mast - the very rats instinctively [had] quit it."
"O, a cherubin thou wast," he tells her, "that did preserve me."
2006 acrylic, wax crayon, coloured pencil and sand on paper with pencil on card mount and painted slip 56 x 58cm
Gonzalo, Adrian and Francisco are overcome with drowsiness and drop into an enchanted sleep. Alonso becomes similarly afflicted. "I wish mine eyes would, with themselves, shut up my thoughts. I find they are inclined to do so."
Antonio and Sebastian offer to guard the sleepers. "Thank you," answers Alonso. "Wondrous heavy."
When the four slumber by an upturned boat, Antonio and Sebastian begin to plot the murder of Alonso and Gonzalo.
2006 acrylic, sawdust, sand, cork and gold leaf on board with hand painted pine mount within internally painted box frame 75 x 75cm
Alonso's butler Stephano and chef (folio: fool) Trinculo encounter the wild foundling Caliban. Stephano has a stash of wine and is liberal in using it to entice Caliban into servitude. Brutish Caliban is regarded as a monster by Trinculo. After Stephano persuades Caliban that he is "the man in the moon" the three begin drunkenly revelling. Caliban promises to show Stephano the riches of the isle. "O brave monster!" Stephano cries triumphantly. "Lead the way."
2006 acrylic and pencil on board mounted on brown paper with grey painted slip 112 x 64cm (including mount)
Ferdinand, incapable of resisting Prospero's powers, is forced to move logs. Miranda appears. Within minutes Prospero's plan seems to be working. Miranda and Ferdinand are bantering flirtatiously. "The very instant that I saw you did my heart fly to your service," says Ferdinand, "there resides to make me slave to it, and for your sake am I this patient log man."
2006 acrylic and gold leaf on board with hand painted pine mount 89 x 67cm (including mount)
Stephano, Trinculo and Caliban are rich in drink. Caliban persuades Stephano that he should kill Prospero. About to exit to carry out the plot, strange music drifts forth. Stephano and Trinculo fall prostrate, believing the music heralds the arrival of demons. "Are you afeard?" asks Caliban.
Stephano feigns bravery: "No, monster, not I."
Caliban looks up to the sky that is all he has ever known. "Be not afeard," he implores them.
2007 acrylic, wax crayon, chalk and ink on paper within internally painted box frame incorporating feathers and mirror 67 x 84cm (including mount)
Ariel addresses the three conspirators who supplanted Prospero: "you 'mongst men being most unfit to live - I have made you mad; and even with such-like valour, men hang and drown their proper selves."
2007 acrylic and sand on board with hand painted mount and painted glass 82 x 112cm
Prospero asks Ariel about Alonso's party. Ariel reports they are caught in enchanted limbo, imprisoned until released by Prospero's command. "Your charm so strongly works 'em that, if you now beheld them, your affections would become tender."
Ariel's humanlike show of feeling causes Prospero to reflect on his own drive for vengeance. "Not a frown further," he commands, "go release them ..."
Left alone he resolves to abandon his powers: "... this rough magic," he soliloquizes, "I here abjure ..."
2007 acrylic on board within internally painted box frame 62 x 62cm
Ariel enters bringing with him Alonso and the others. They become suspended like statues. Prospero looks at his usurpers. "A solemn air, and the best comforter to an unsettled fancy, cure thy brains, now useless, boiled within thy skull" he says eyeing them, "there stand, for you are spell-stopped."
2007 acrylic, gold leaf and sand on board with hand painted pine mount 53 x 53cm
"Now my charms are all o'erthrown," says Prospero at the beginning of his final speech. The actors have now gone. He is alone on the stage; Ariel has been set free. "My ending is despair, unless I be relieved by prayer ..." he continues, pleading for audience applause to release him from his actorly obligations. "As you from crimes would pardoned be, let your indulgence set me free."