Hawk and Handsaw

Hawk and Handsaw
Screen Print
Limited Edition of 50

Here is my screen print based on one of my favorite quotes from Shakespeare’s “Hamlet”.

The quote reads:
“I am but mad north-northwest: When the wind is southerly I know a hawk from a handsaw.”

I love the idea that insanity can be as fickle as which way the wind is blowing. In this print I have combined the hawk and the handsaw into one object to further blur the lines between sanity and insanity.

It is thought that the handsaw referred to in this quote was actually the Old English word for Heron which was Hernshaw, and that it had just been misinterpreted over time. I, upon learning this, quickly dismissed it and decided to stick with the word and imagery used in my time. How would it look, really, for the Hawk to have a heron thrust through his breast? Actually, quite nice. Perhaps that is another drawing.

I read Hamlet in High School and thought it was great but would like to recommend Tom Stoppard’s “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead”. It is brilliant.

You can purchase this print at my Etsy shop: Churny Morn + Packy Mack