My established practise is contemporary in execution but informed by a postgraduate in Art history which I completed in 1996. The subjects of Farm Ed’s brief, that of biodiversity, climate change and sustainable food were rarely talked about by the general population then.
I am hoping an enforced break from regular painting will allow me a beginners mind. The work will be exploratory in nature and asks if I can make work with these pressing concerns informing my approach.
My intention is to exhibit notes and research and to create a couple of diptychs, not my normal two dimensional practise. These will be something the viewer can walk around and open up to reveal the inside. This action recalls my first visit to the Pitt Rivers museum opening the drawers there to reveal the mysteries of sea navigation by shell, maps of the winds, understanding that people put their life in their knowledge of nature.
By creating the diptychs I hope to elevate and revere the subject matter. The fragility and beauty of the subject matter. We have to be full of wonder for the things we need to protect.
I normally work on gesso panels, often several panels making up one image. These can be scratched into, layered up and often use metal leaf. I will be indebted to my furniture designer partner John Callen to help me work out how to display the work as diptychs!
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