2020/21

The theme running through my work has always been the concept of journeys and journeying, through time or place. This idea still motivates the artwork. The physical journeys are limited but the emotional and mental journeys are enhanced. The artworks created over the last year are a form of documentation. The visual imagery and the natural objects collected represent the passing seasons as well as states of mind and emotions.

The first set of prints created during the initial lockdown in March 2020, are dark, heavy and weighted down, with the natural forms becoming very abstracted. There are many layers, both obliterating and enhancing different elements. Layers of monoprint are overprinted on a base of cyanotype, both created from remnants of flowers that were delivered to me twice a month.

Living in such an urban environment and unable to get my usual fix of the natural world due to travel restrictions, these flowers brought a small part of nature back into my life. As the petals started to fall and the flowers wilt, they are given another lease of life, trying to rescue what is left of their precious existence, reflecting the experiences of so many during this current pandemic. The following series of monoprints continue with the process of capturing the cycle of  the dying plants and immortalising them on paper. They are delicate, ethereal and dream like. They are trying hold onto the fragile life that is left.

As lockdowns repeat themselves the development of the work reflects the shrinking of our lives. The prints are on a much more domestic scale than previously.  As the seasons go on and the restrictions continue, inspiration is drawn from the small amounts of freedom allowed, daily walks. Images and natural objects are collected and brought back into the studio to be painted or used to create prints from, through the processes of cyanotype and monoprint or oil pastel drawings.

The work does not dictate to the viewer, it suggests, aiming to trigger memories, imagination and contemplation. Various paths are followed and often retraced as new insights are gained on every return echoing the changes in the natural world over time, be it a natural development or the effects of our human footprints.

2020/21

The theme running through my work has always been the concept of journeys and journeying, through time or place. This idea still motivates the artwork. The physical journeys are limited but the emotional and mental journeys are enhanced. The artworks created over the last year are a form of documentation. The visual imagery and the natural objects collected represent the passing seasons as well as states of mind and emotions.

The first set of prints created during the initial lockdown in March 2020, are dark, heavy and weighted down, with the natural forms becoming very abstracted. There are many layers, both obliterating and enhancing different elements. Layers of monoprint are overprinted on a base of cyanotype, both created from remnants of flowers that were delivered to me twice a month.

 Living in such an urban environment and unable to get my usual fix of the natural world due to travel restrictions, these flowers brought a small part of nature back into my life. As the petals started to fall and the flowers wilt, they are given another lease of life, trying to rescue what is left of their precious existence, reflecting the experiences of so many during this current pandemic. The following series of monoprints continue with the process of capturing the cycle of  the dying plants and immortalising them on paper. They are delicate, ethereal and dream like. They are trying hold onto the fragile life that is left.

 As lockdowns repeat themselves the development of the work reflects the shrinking of our lives. The prints are on a much more domestic scale than previously.  As the seasons go on and the restrictions continue, inspiration is drawn from the small amounts of freedom allowed, daily walks. Images and natural objects are collected and brought back into the studio to be painted or used to create prints from, through the processes of cyanotype and monoprint or oil pastel drawings.

The work does not dictate to the viewer, it suggests, aiming to trigger memories, imagination and contemplation. Various paths are followed and often retraced as new insights are gained on every return echoing the changes in the natural world over time, be it a natural development or the effects of our human footprints.