Friday, 29 May 2020

Sentinel Trees

During this years Urban Tree Festival  Collect Connect exhibited the work of artists and writers around the theme of 'Sentinel Trees'
Here are my contributions;

This is a  polyester resin and bronze powder cast of a conker and its shell. The bronze in the resin can be oxidised to produce the classic bronze patina. This was quite a technically challenging cast to produce requiring a and 8 piece silicon rubber mould.

The outer shell and the conker are cast as separate pieces and then assembled.

This is a polyester and slate powder cast of a London Plane tree seed. These beautiful balls of seed are mostly sterile.

These seed balls often persist on Plane trees through the winter and can be seen hanging, silhouetted amongst the branches and twigs, on street trees.

Tuesday, 31 March 2020

It is fox-night in the city
Vixen vows under moon-fight
Then the Corvid Dawn

Sunday, 16 June 2019

Last Day

Today is the last day of the E17 Art Trail and I wanted to share the art works from last week's drawing session at the Manual Instruction Centre Community Gardens.
Thank you to everyone who came to see the birds in the garden and to all of you who came to the drawing session.

Friday, 14 June 2019

The Art of Caring

The Sleep of Reason Brings Forth Numbers

The Art of Caring at St George's Hospital in Tooting, London, features over 250 artworks and wool words on the subject of Care and Caring. The exhibition, now in its 5th year, helps celebrate International Nurses Day on the 12th May. This year’s theme is ‘Health for All’. It includes the work of creative people of all ages, from artists to nurses, and from people who have experience of being a carer and/or a service user. 
This is the fourth consecutive year that I have entered and this year's piece, 'The 'Sleep of Reason Brings Forth Numbers' is my comment on hyper-rationality.

We are inseparable from our environment

The annual Art of Caring Exhibition is held consecutively on two sites, starting at St George's and then moving to St Pancras Hospital. 

9 Days in January

I find the postcard format for the exhibition at St George's Hospital exhibition liberating. 
The piece '9 Days in January' was part of the Art of Caring 2017 and I was trying to capture something of my experience of being in hospital both as a patient and a visitor.

Thursday, 13 June 2019

Last Week of the E17 Art Trail 'Wonder' 2019

I was very kindly invited to exhibit at the Manual Instruction Centre Community Gardens in Walthamstow as part of this year's E17 Art Trail.
I gathered a mixed flock of birds, some new pieces and some from the Unsettled Gallery exhibitions with artist Alban Low.

I have been watching birds since I was a child when I would go on walks with my family.
The act of seeing birds, is curiously not just about using one's eyes; one also needs to listen carefully, to walk softly and not to move too abruptly. Learning where and when to look is also part of the knack.

The birds in the exhibition are dotted around the gardens, 10 in all, some harder to find than others. The exhibition makes a gentle demand on the viewer to take time to look in order to see.

The 8 Crows of the British Isles

The second part of the exhibition is about Crows. Crows are striking, strong and intelligent birds and many species have adapted to the rapid changes that we have brought to their natural habitats.

There are eight different species of crow found in Britain and Ireland, some are very common, others rare. Five of the eight crows can be seen in Walthamstow. How many have you spotted?

The final part of the exhibition is a poster about the now extinct Elephant birds. I wanted to reference the extinction of these gigantic birds as way of highlighting the plight of so many other creatures which are threatened with extinction.