Senses Five, 2021
‘How do you know but ev’ry Bird that cuts the airy way,
Is an immense world of delight, clos’d by your senses five?’
-William Blake, ‘The Marriage of Heaven and Hell
‘Flight Form’ comes from a series of drawings made in Bunhill Fields, a former burial ground, which was the resting place of a number of notable figures including the British artist and poet William Blake (1757-1827). From this oasis of calm situated amid a dense and frenetic urban setting near Old Street station, Dalton drew birds circling overhead, capturing their lines of flight as they traced rapid and graceful arcs between the trees and buildings, soaring freely through the sky. The drawings were developed into two series of wall based works, including a sculpture for the new Featherstone Building, which stands just adjacent to Bunhill Fields.