'Moonlight Flit - Bacchus and Cupid' - A signed, limited edition 7 colour lithographic print by Chris Orr, printed at Curwen Studios, Worton Hall. Published by Chris Orr and CCA Galleries.
"Who hasn’t fled something without fully settling up? I remember running out of Schmidt’s German Restaurant in Charlotte street after a disastrous meal. I have decamped owing a bit of rent. I have dodged paying the full fare by saying I was older or younger than I actually was. Quite a charge sheet.
Bacchus may have something to do with it, and Cupid aided and abetted by firing arrows in the dark. Phases of the moon ruled flits before the age of street lighting. Imagine a pitch black flit? Tragically the refugee has no choice and gets out when and while they can, lugging what they think might be useful.
When we have to move quickly, chaos sometimes ensues, or the chaos that is normally covered up gets revealed. We understand the imperative to do a quick skedaddle taking what we can. Instant decisions are required. Grab the kettle and leave the Ming vase. The upheaval of doing a runner or even a legal house move goes to the heart.
I have always been fascinated by rag and bone men (were there any women in the trade?) House clearances are brutal. The re-assignment of that most intimate item, the bath whether in a Farmer’s field or on the scrap heap is disturbing. A skip reduces prize possessions to muck. A bulldozer can quickly turn a palace into dirt and dust.
In my picture even the house is being dismembered in the flit. We all know the stories of movers taking even the light fittings. Burglars are assisting in the removal of objects, but one man sits obstinately looking at his mobile phone. The mattress is flying, and the baby has flung his toys out of the play pen.The motorway is choc a bloc with rentavans and the rather overgrown pet alligator is returning to the zoo. We are all only an instant away from a flit.
“Moonlight Flit” is the 10th lithograph I have produced with Curwen (3 at Curwen Chilford Hall). It is the third in the same format that began with “Crisis? What Crisis?” 2020. followed by “Another Fine Mess!” 2021."