Monday, 22 November 2010

Limestone Particles

After reflecting on some of the processes I have worked with so far I have returned to the trace patterns I produced earlier.There is something about the delicacy and fragility of the work that intrigues me. Above are images of trace patterns created from images of the paths made by the sea on the sand at Filey beach (where the original stone was found)  reflecting the paths and journeys we take through life.Easily disturbed, the limestone particles portray the fragility of life. By using my fingers to manipulate it through the stencils, I have a direct contact with the natural stone which satisfies my need to be in contact with the elements. The tension experienced while making and revealing this work is challenging but rewarding.

Monday, 8 November 2010

Work In Progress

I have been experimenting with the negatives a little more and taking my ideas forward. The sewing machine seems to be playing a big part in my work at the moment. Memories of hearing the sewing machine being used within the house as a child and wearing the clothes made from it set strong in my mind and is influencing my work.

Playing with light, beautiful shadows are created from the  "empty" stitching pattern sewn into the negatives.

Using a pestle and mortar I ground down pieces of Limestone into a fine powder and using the pierced negatives as a stencil created delicate trace patterns of the Limestone particles. While doing this process a pungent oily smell radiated from the substance which only seems apparent while being ground down. This would make sense as oil after all is made up of plant and animal forms from the sea bed!

I noticed how my fingerprints were left imprinted while working with the negatives, I thought of  how  fingerprints are a remnant of an individuals presence and using the limestone dust highlighted them in a forensic way.

Monday, 1 November 2010

Stephen Turner Tree Rings

Oak Tree Ring Canvas

Growth, decay and rejuvenation are recorded directly onto canvas in Stephen Turners Tree Ring work. Remnants of the seasons and the passing of time are physically recorded on canvass place underneath trees. It is the use of the organic matter directly from the trees and it's physicality, I find interesting.

Boiling down brittle dry leaves and cherries he also created a solution that was smeared directly onto paper.

There is pleasure in the pathless woods,..............

There is pleasure in the pathless woods,
There is a rapture on the lonely shore,
There is society, where none intrudes,
By the deep sea, and music in its roar:
I love not man the less, but Nature more,
From these our interviews, in which I steal
From all I may be, or have been before,
To mingle with the Universe, and feel
What I can ne'er express, yet cannot all conceal.
Written in 1814 By Lord George Gordon Byron 1788-1824