Manu Fly to the Sea – Emma Louise Pratt

Manu Fly to the Sea

Graphite drawing Rhona and the Island 1 by Emma Louise Pratt 2024


“I helped a group of people put a loved one into the ground today. In this country.

Now, there is someone I know under the earth here, on a rise that looks out over the soft chalk folds that count as hills. One day, trees will stand above and around him and their roots will push through the very earth that he will become…”

Can north and south hold each other? Can earth and sky touch?


My new graphic work, Manu Fly to the Sea is a personal story of rootlessness, love and loss. It is hard to write and a work in progress. It explores loving someone you cannot be with, and whose laughter now exists only in your memories. A man named for a bird, yet rooted deeply in the earth, and a young woman, named for an island, yet pulled to fly the jet streams find each other for a moment.

This new work will be the base of an exhibition/workshop in July 2024.



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February 5, 2024