I hope we are all safe and well. Winter is well and truly underway here, most of the trees have shed their leaves and our walks take us through carpets of red, orange and yellow. It's tempting to kick swathes of colour into the air and enjoy watching those vibrant shapes spiral back down to earth, too tempting sometimes...
The 'coat-wars' with my little Sparkle have switched into reverse, she now won't leave the house without her coat on even if it's quite mild... I really do wish I had a better idea what's going on inside that pretty little head of hers... not much I fear! Bless her...
Anyway, a busy month again, the last few weeks have flown by and I feel as if I've been busier than ever. I have been lucky enough to visit The Lake District again, this time for a BaileyChinnery workshop co-led by Joe Cornish and David Ward. While it was lovely to return to such a beautiful part of the country, this second trip meant returning to almost exactly the same spot. It was good to see how things had changed in such a short space of time but I am aware that I have explored such a tiny part of this beautiful part of the country. Still, the pandemic was to blame for the trips being so close together, that's my 'get-out' clause.
Being partly classroom based we were asked to give a quick indication as to what we hoped to get from the trip. My response was that I find it very difficult to 'see' images in the natural landscape, I seek out straight lines and right angles. Learning to embrace the organic in nature became my personal challenge and I hope I rose to meet it.
Echo Chamber Revisited
Looking back through the work I was doing earlier in the year I was reminded of my thoughts when I was working on Echo Chamber. My energy centred around being stuck in a space, toxic when outside influences are limited. I focused on bubbles within bubbles and thought about a series of work representing breaking out of those toxic loops.
These thoughts have bothered me for a few months now but I couldn't see a way to convey 'breaking free'. I had one of those light-bulb moments on this last trip... my new series of work, 'Effervescence', is the result.
Noun: The quality of being excited, enthusiastic and full of energy.
I became a bit obsessed with puddles... muddy ones full of leaves and other rubbish as well as pools of water amongst grasses and reeds. Messing about with camera settings and the position of the light allowed me to make some beautiful abstracts which underpin this body of work.
My goal was for the images to be joyful and full of colour; nothing should feel trapped. In researching some words I became conscious of our grown-up hesitancy when faced with a particularly tempting puddle. A child would probably just jump straight in, laughing at the beautiful splash. Us adults face the eternal struggle of letting go and holding on... we do the sensible thing... mostly...
I dream of running fast, wild and free.
Aroma of broken leaves
Outrun the wind... never let it catch you
Fly like a kite... be free
And now for some Prints
Back to the real work... I have been getting on with making some prints which has been huge fun. I decided to focus on one particular series so that I produced the work with the same style and energy. The Shadow Glows seemed like a good place to start as I already had some ideas as to how I wanted to present the work. These are the 6 more subtle images from that series. I haven't worked out how I want to present the more vibrant images yet but that will come.
It's taken me ages to work out a way to photograph the prints but hopefully they are clear enough for you to be able to see them. Despite appearances all mounts are Polar White
Each archival print is 30cm square mounted to 50cm square. All are multi-layered Acetate prints embellished with White or Gold Leaf and hundreds of tiny, tiny beads. The multi-layering introduces a 3D element to the prints which is difficult to convey by way of a 2D image.
Each is one of a Variable Edition of 5 so the main multi-layered print will be identical within the series but the method and style of the embellishments will be unique to each print.
I am super-pleased with each of them and am really looking forward to seeing how they will look framed once we get to that point. I will be updating my 'Peach' page with details of pricing and availablity in the next few weeks so please take a look if you would like more information.
Thank you, as ever, for getting this far...
I was asked recently why I bothered to do a blog and whether it was worth the time and effort. Until that point I hadn't given it much conscious thought but I was honestly able to answer that it's one of the best things I do each month. Particularly enjoyable is the opportunity to have regular dialogues with so many of you either through the comments or email separately. For that I am truly grateful.
Take care and stay safe in this mad world.
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