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Friday, 10 October 2014

Lookout Folkestone Trienniel 2014

These are the artworks that caught my eye at Folkestone, 
I would have had some of the wind lift,,
 had I been brave enough to let go of the side. 
I loved this interactive colour wheel to gauge the colour of the sea - its one of the permanent collection now from a previous Trienniel. 

Yoko Ono, Earth Peace. Good to see a big flag and the light transmitting morse code was like a silver disc on a grey background the day I was there. 

Will Kwan, Apparatus #9

Andy Goldsworthy and his cracking clay installation Clay steps and Clay window. 

an Old Gasworks transformed by Jyll Bradley, Green/Light 

There was so much more and it was great walking around the town seeing feeling and experiencing these artworks on location. No white cube fatigue just aching legs! 

Thanks to there was a fascinating talk with the curator Lewis Biggs featuring the relationships with local communities and placing the art works within them. 

Dark and derelict places can be transformed by the desire to place public artworks in them. Just like the corners of our houses that get ignored and piled up with rubbish - if we curate them and clear them they become spaces to go to, they broaden our footprint and our attitudes. 

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Shared space residency with Blue Monkey network

I'm in this big big space made up of three spaces connected - there is light and silence. Energy and fear. Blue Monkey shared space residency is at Casson Art School studios, Eastbourne College for two weeks. There are 5 artists working alongside me Angela Smith, Juidth Alder, Sharon Haward, Pat Thornton and Claire Shoosmith.

It's day 3 and my emotions have ranged from arriving in total exhaustion on the first day to a frenzy of energy and excitement - taking risks and feeling at home producing large scale work. There is fear of course that helps keep it turning over. 

I am going through ideas I have been playing out in my mind for a long time now which need a larger environment these include 3 series: contact drawings, ash lines and alteration drawings 

I started with cutting up ash line trace drawings with Roni Horn in the back of my mind, I like her pigment drawings which she cuts up and pieces together meticulously. I am experimenting with the trace drawings to see if they will go any further. 

The first intervention drawing 

I placed paper around the studios and taped it down in order to get going, I made a black pigment brush drawing and then 'shot' the pigment off the edge the result was a lovely trace line of pigment which resonated with the intervention above

The second day was pushing beyond and taking risks I took my socks off and stepped onto the big ash circle trying ballet steps around the paper getting pigment, ash and charcoal all over me and the floor the result was a huge liberating mess! After mopping up I re painted it with gesso.

...and then I put on the rollerblades. Wanting to make contact drawings where the body and weight make marks that are ambitious roller blading across the paper through and over ash was the idea. 

Once I had gained a bit of steadiness by rolling around the studio several times much to the amusement of my fellow artists I started an inline drawing rolling back and forth whilst videoing it holding my phone. It was lots of fun and just what experimental art should be. 

These works are very much a continuation of my interest in the landscape and its inherent materials. Working in Eastbourne very close to the South Downs has a strong relationship with these materials. 

Sunday, 22 June 2014

Edible art

Workshops based on the five sense to develop perceptual drawing ....coming to the Jerwood Gallery Hastings August 12-16 one course for adults and one for children devised by me! 

Thursday, 8 May 2014

Charcoal line#1

Having fun going round in homemade charcoal circles ....playing with the landscape using local materials to East Sussex.