Work in Progress
"Wanting to reconnect with my art materials and processes... I started to play..."
After my last exhibition, Worth, I originally thought that my next natural step would be to work outside from life more -throw myself into the atmosphere of my home-town, Keighley. However things don't always go to plan! For various reasons both joyous and traumatic, I've needed to stay at home a lot over the past few months. This has altered the path my work has gone in, however I feel I've gained a lot over this time. It's been a roller coaster! So I thought I should share with you what I have been up to.
Wanting to reconnect with my art materials and processes, I took advantage of my home studio, and without using references or photographs I started to play.
Being stuck indoors I started to reflect on memories of important places to me.
I wanted to get a sense of the feeling of the place. The atmosphere of a wet and very muddy walk on the moors, stomping through with your dog, stepping into 'puddles' that go up to your knees and feeling the rain plastering your hair across your face. Throughout the pandemic these places have been refuges - spaces to breath in and stomp out until you feel better.
I also kept revisiting memories of places I couldn't get to. Rough grainy sea shores on the North East Yorkshire Coast. My own mother in law's field at the top of the Worth Valley, the long grass in summer scratching your legs, bringing back memories of staying on a friends farm in summer as a child.
This time has helped me develop my relationship to my arts materials and gain in confidence and knowledge for how I want to work. Sometimes when things don't go to plan you discover something more.