Tag: Thoughts

Fossiling Adventures on the North coast

Fossiling Adventures on the North coast

With our fantastic dinosaur discoveries here on the Isle of Wight the wonders of our lovely north coast are often overlooked and neglected. Across this lesser publicised coast lies a variety of exiting prehistoric discoveries ready for any avid fossil hunter. From ancient Crocodilian teeth […]

Tacita Dean

Tacita Dean

I was recently introduced to the work of Tacita Dean and found her work in a volume of Vitamin D in the library, from the start I connected with her notions of landscape and what landscape can be. In her recent exhibition at the Royal Academy she showed a collection of clover leaves, I  have since discovered she often collects this notion of collecting nature resonates with myself and my own collecting from the landscape. 

 

I am also interested in her chalkboard drawings, she plays with the ideas of the sublime whilst the piece itself may have deeper meaning such as “The Montafon Letter”. this piece depicts a mountain landscape where an avalanche killed a number of people, I engage with the impermanence of this piece I feel it reflects the idea of human life yet still remains beautiful and romanticizing the landscape. I feel this can relate to my own practice through my interpretations of cliffs that I walk, I often draw referring to memories of my walks, which speak to my personal life with my partner who suffers with memory loss from brain damage.

Tacita Dean, Four, Five, Six, Seven and Nine Leaf Clover Collection, 1972-present
Tacita Dean, "The Montafon Letter"

Tacita Dean also works with rocks from the landscape, here she has used chalkboard paint then printed a photograph of her collected stone onto this surface, it becomes about materiality and real surface along with the depicted surface of a real stone. some of these pieces were bought by a Falmouth art gallery which you may read and article on here.

 

Her collection of round stones also intrigues me, i find her exhibition of her encounter with landscape similar to my own, she often returns back to Falmouth as I return to the cliffs. 

Tacita Dean , Riesenbett II (floating)
Tacita Dean, Round stone collection

Dean also collects round stones, I can find little reference to this particular collection, although I have found that it is ongoing so perhaps we shall see more of these stones in the future.

 

Dean has always used chemical film and has now expanded into making film instillation, in the film below she discussed her latest work at the royal academy, and it’s origins. I believe that her use of film will be useful to me as I try to further my own film making. 

Studio Thoughts

Studio Thoughts

                                                                                                                                                    My heads too crowded There’s someone screaming about memories, whilst other calls to the cracks in my work. This porcelain is like skin, but its delicacy is sharp. The charcoal lines dance on paper before me, black fading to […]

The translucency of porcelain

The translucency of porcelain

High Fired porcelain wall mounted After some experimentation I have come to understand the two valuable components that allow porcelain to become translucent.  My porcelain has always been fairly fine when it comes to its thickness however now I further the rolling process to gain […]

Studio Wall February 2018

Studio Wall February 2018

Currently Enjoying my wall of inspiration, the photographs are from my recent fossiling trips along with my own glazes on hand cut ceramic tiles, the drawings are a mix of palaeontology illustrations and drawings of my own fossils.

 

 

 

As with all studio spaces they begin clear mine then gets covered in porcelain, enjoying a quiet morning in the studio.

Thoughts

Thoughts

March 20, 2018 CONTEMPLATING THE CURRENT POSITION OF MY PRACTICE 20/03/2018 I have been considering where my practice currently lies and after conversations I consider myself to be interdisciplinary however I contemplate what this means to be interdisciplinary. To be inspired by another discipline as […]

In conversation with Alessandro Zembelli

In conversation with Alessandro Zembelli

    I was lucky enough to gain a tutorial with the visiting artist Alessandro Zembelli, an interdisciplinary   architect. during his lecture I felt that some of his ideas and ways of thinking akin to my own practice which is also interdisciplinary.     lecture […]