I work on site and across media in a fluid and organic way - excavating, sketching using site material and all the elements, documenting my encounters by photos, video, sound and by collecting organic/non organic materials that I may come across. I use experimental techniques to produce prints on site that allow me to express my raw and direct experience of place.
I create my paintings outdoors with all the elements - here the beautiful red pigment from the jurassic coastline cliffs blended with sea water, dried by the sea breeze and baked in by the fiery sun!
The many layers of processes and mediums I use echoes the fluid landscape processes and also reflects my interest in how we construct and frame nature and the landscape.
I am always searching for printmaking equivalents to the human and non human processes in the landscape to better understand our reflexive relationship to place and how this medium can articulate a place’s interwoven complexities. Here I am making printing plates from the ancient strata of the Jurassic coast (with my little helper!) I also make ebb and flow prints in the intertidal zone, stone and bark rubbings and cyanotypes. I even managed to pull a print from the surface of a Rockpool!
I am engaged in a cumulative ‘mapping process’ where chance, serendipity and magic play a big part in affecting what work I create. Some works remain as raw frequency site sketches and some I rework and reassemble later in my studio - adding many layers including digital and laser etched ones. I like the flex between abstraction and representation, traditional and experimental processes. I pull disparate elements together into a dynamic composition to form new landscapes and meanings.
I love to work along energy lines and nodes in the landscape. At sacred sites there is a presence of other-worldly strangeness, a slippage between the known world and the unseen, the past and the present. Here I pause to feel the energies of place. My automatic drawings at these sites are infused by the quantum frequencies of the landscape, the spirits of the land and all that dwell there. The frequency that radiates from these sketches always connect me back to these portals.
A mini pilgrimage between ancient stones and sacred sites on Exmoor, walking and sketching as I go....