“He could cook, he could sew, he could darn a stocking and milk a cow, he was an efficient woodcutter and a good hand at embroidery, fires always burned when he had laid them and a floor after he had scrubbed it was thoroughly clean.”
Artefact and words – James Walker
Artwork – Isaac Bosman
A model of neatness and precision
You wouldn’t find Lawrence locked in a garret, not unless he’d built it himself.
Loves the jobs you hate
You don’t know your floor, until you have scrubbed it on your hands and knees.
A roadmap to happiness
Absorb yourself completely in every task, no matter how mundane.
We are transmitters
When we fail to transmit life, life fails to flow through us.
Lawrence’s Alphabet is rooted in Nottinghamshire’s distinct dialect. This handy reference will have you breezing through Lawrence’s works and might inspire you to create some of your own.
Artefact – Jackie Greaves
Words – James Walker and Natalie Braber
Design – Paul Fillingham
Thar’t a Mard Arse
Dialect is Lawrence’s most precious gift to Eastwood and its community.
Like Lawrence, dialects do not stand still. New words appear while others vanish.
What is the Nottingham dialect and where does it come from?
Lawrence uses mining terms from his background to indicate ‘Nottinghamness’.
Lawrence liked to place a phallus in his pictures to ‘shock people’s castrated social spirituality’. He did this out of a ‘positive belief that the phallus is a great sacred image: it represents a deep, deep life which has been denied in us, and is still denied.’
Artefact and words – Stephen Alexander
Design – James Walker
Bridge to the future
The phallus connects two objects and brings them into touch, but not into oneness.
‘I paint no picture that won’t shock people’s castrated social spirituality.’
Beware those who intellectualise and falsify the phallic consciousness.
Thinking, writes Lawrence, should take place in the body and not the mind.
Not a mere member
Contempt for the phallus betrays the great modern horror of being in touch.
Marriage has to be in harmony with the cosmos and the rhythmic passing of time.
Power is a great productive network running through the social body.
Jesus on the Cross is, for Lawrence, a symbol of the murdered phallus.
Celebrating woman as a metaphor for life conceived in terms of difference.
St. Mawr: The Phallic Beast
Lawrence’s philosophy rests upon a notion of submission.
Fear of Castration
The fear of mankind is fear of the phallus itself, rather than fear of castration.
The ultimate phallic object
The sun is the supreme phallic object, rising and falling each day.