Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Accidents happen!

Life seems to be taking over the development of my practise, what with work and trying to sell my house time to make, produce and get into the 'zone' is hard to come by at the moment.
I am still developing work using rust pigment and templates of pin pricked drawings of Willowherb. Moving on from mark making on plain white surfaces such as foam board and mount card i am now exploring canvas as a surface. Accidentally spilling some diluted rust pigment and rain water on the canvas has sparked a really interesting process. It takes around 12 hours for the globules to soak into the surface of the canvas; the rain water settles at the top of the globule while the rust pigment falls to the bottom of these perfectly formed mounds. Once soaked into the canvas i continue the repetitive process of drawing minute dots over these splash patterns. Canvas has also introduced the possibilities of a more pliable surface to enable the making of 3D forms.

Thursday, 21 March 2013

Cmndr Chris Hadfield

Following Cmndr Hadfield on twitter and his fantastic images of earth from the ISS are so thought provoking. Visualising breathtaking images  of our planet from space in real time is, i have to admit a positive aspect of technology! https://twitter.com/Cmdr_Hadfield/media/grid

8x8 Childhood Explored

We Are Mere Dots
'We are Mere Dots' 8x8 Rust Pigment on Foam Board

Piece now available to buy in support of Camille's Appeal http://www.eightbyeight.org/section643328.html

'We are mere dots'


Using basic foam board hand stippled ‘dots’ of rust pigment have been applied. This plain white surface is a real contrast to the decomposed substance. Topographical aspects of place and how we cluster to the cities to sustain our daily needs are an aspect of these drawings that have unintentionally realised. These minute marks form a representation of how small we really are in relation to the rest of the universe!!

Revisiting Rust Pigment

I have recently revisited working with rust pigment. Syphoned from rusting metal this mark making medium embodies the cycle of decomposition. The elements have forced the braking down of this organic matter into another form. The rust elements combined with rain water still retain the possibility of sustaining life. Here in the jars it is stored ‘life’ begins to grow from the medium itself!