Passing time

Joint show with Deborah Feiler.

June 2010

Through our work we both explore our individual experiences of landscape and the passing of time – from the wilting of a flower to the arc of the sun overhead.

Each experience is fleeting, and yet the record of it is fixed through use of line. Line has, for both of us, the physical and emotional qualities that can express the elusive connection between our internal and external landscapes.

  • Nest - blackbird - 140 cm square

  • Nest - wren - 140 cm square

  • Nest - wasp - 140 cm square

  • Nest - bee - 140 cm square

The process by which these drawings are made echoes the way a nest is built. The materials a bird or insect uses (moss tugged up from the base of a tree, wood scraped from a window ledge) involve the action of destruction as well as one of construction. Thousands of journeys are made, as little by little, the nest is created. In the drawings, each line that is made is also erased. The task is repetitive: little by little, each line adds to the form that eventually takes shape.

Here today, gone tomorrow

Fringe Arts Bath

May 2010

  • Peashoot 1

  • Peashoot 2

  • Peashoot detail

  • Work in progress

For this exhibition I made a before and an after drawing. I recorded the growth of a pea, daily for 6 weeks. On the eve of the show, I removed the pea from its container and suspended it. On the wall of the gallery, I made a time-lapse drawing that recorded its subsequent wilt and decay. The before drawing still exists.

Symbiotic Drawings

MFA Show

October 2009

Nature is always ready to encroach on civilization. It is also what civilization is built on and what sustains it. The plants I have selected to use have nourishing and/or healing properties and all are found in the urban environment: building sites, railway tracks, parks and pathways.

  • Symbiotic 1

  • Symbiotic 2

  • Symbiotic 3

  • Symbiotic 4

Selecting plants found on the building site next to the studio, the drawings have developed over a period of several weeks, recording their gradual decay. The drawing set-up is there for as long as the drawings remain: one does not exist without the other. The plants themselves question the role of the drawings as representation, indeed whether representation is at all possible.

Sustained

MFA Show

October 2009

  • Sustained 1

  • Sustained 2

  • Sustained 3

  • Sustained 4

Sustained is a calendar recording the bramble season. The work’s assimilation back into the environment is fundamental to its meaning as a reminder that seasons and opportunities pass.

Drift

MFA Show

October 2009

  • Drift 1

  • Drift 2

  • Drift 3

  • Drift 4

The piece is also made from harvesting seed heads and, it too, is in a constant state of flux. Formally, Drift contrasts the rigid structure and physically fixed nature of Sustained. It is not fixed down but is constantly moving, gradually eroded through the process of being viewed. You are encouraged to touch; to pick one up.

As a consequence of attempting to pin down the elusive, much of my work has a temporal quality. At the same time the process itself is very much about being in the now. Counting, observing, collecting, markmaking is a state of private ritual or meditation. Making contact and marking time is my motivation for making work and in doing this, I am also attempting to bridge the gap between reality and representation.

Drawing on paper

  • Clover wilting, 2009, Pen on paper 56 x 76 cm

  • Daisy wilting, 2009, Pencil on paper 56 x 76 cm

  • Wild Garlic Round and Round, 2009, Pastel on paper, 125 x 150 cm

  • Wild Garlic Back and Forth, 2009, Pen on paper, 12 x 9 cm

  • Cleavers Overlaid, 2009, Pastel on paper, 125 x 150 cm

  • Pine Suspended, 2008, Charcoal on paper, 100 x 150 cm

  • Gingko Stacked, 2008, Pencil on paper, 85 x 150 cm

  • Poplar Falling, 2008, Charcoal on paper, 125 x 150 cm

Incised drawing & etching

  • Grassroot I, 2009, Hard-ground etching, 8 x 25 cm

  • Grassroot II, 2009, Soft-ground etching, 8 x 25 cm

  • Grassroot III, 2009, Graphite on gesso, 20 x 14 cm

  • Grassroot IV, 2009, Grass-stain on gesso, 20 x 20 cm

  • Grassroot V, 2009, Grass-stain on gesso, 14 x 20 cm

  • Clover, 2009, Hard-ground etching, 12 x 12 cm

  • Diurnal I, 2009, Hard-ground etching, 20 x 12 cm

  • Diurnal II, 2009, Hard-ground etching, 20 x 12 cm

  • Diurnal III, 2009, Hard-ground etching, 20 x 12 cm

  • Diurnal IV, 2009, Hard-ground etching, 20 x 12 cm

  • Diurnal V, 2009, Hard-ground etching, 20 x 12 cm

Installation & object-based work

  • Habit-forming I, 2009, Book pages and glue-size

  • Habit-forming I (detail), 2009, Book pages and glue-siz

  • Habit-forming 2, 2009, Book pages and glue-size

  • Swarm, 2008, Book pages and cotton

  • Swarm, 2008, Book pages and cotton

  • Creatures of habit, 2008, Book pages and pine needles

  • Outside-in, 2007, Charcoal and paper

  • Outside-in, 2007, Charcoal and paper

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