Mervyn Peake concludes his Introduction to Drawings with a revealing statement of belief about the role of the artist: As the earth was thrown from the sun, so from the earth the artist must fling out into space, complete from pole to pole, his own world which, whatsoever form it takes, is the colour of the globe it flew from, as the world itself is coloured by the sun. This chapter examines two avenues of investigation that this double comparison opens up: the significance of space; and Peake's view of himself as a god-like creator. These lead to the theology that lies behind Peake's works and the existential solitude that characterizes them.
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