Although I have not been writing about it here, between visits to Wicken Fen I have been working away on a new group of work. It is a continuation of last year’s “Between the Lines” series in that it repeats the imagery and themes, but is sufficiently different that I have given it its own title, “A Marginal Space”.
There were several aspects of “Between the Lines” that I wanted to develop further so, over several days in January and early February, I filled a sketchbook with collage experiments. Working with paper and on a small scale meant that I could work fast and try out lots of different ideas without getting too precious or hung up on any one of them. And to help me think differently, I set a series of “rules” in opposition to my previous approach. I found it was relatively straightforward to translate what I learned from this exercise into cloth.
I’ve made fourteen pieces of work in this group and spent several days recently photographing them. I love these detail images. They really focus attention on the marks.
Several pieces from this group will be exhibited at Gallery 57 in Arundel for the exhibition, Gaze, Glimpse: A look at landscape (24 June – 6 August). This is a lovely gallery, run by Ann Symes, and I am thrilled to be exhibiting there alongside a wonderful group of other artists. In fact you can see a preview of the new pieces here.
In the meantime, I also have some work in Bircham Gallery’s current Early Summer Exhibition, which is on until 24 May.