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artists books photography

concertina book, cyanotype prints

A trial or prototype for a concertina book, using images of my photos and letters.

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art

unresolved

Working with my letter to myself about keeping things unresolved.

These pictures were taken today whilst I was laying my work out on a very large table, making some tests towards an ‘installation’ of the work in a loose and open format (for a virtual exhibition).

I still don’t know exactly what a virtual exhibition might really be capable of being, and I must admit to initially feeling underwhelmed at the requirement to prepare work for one. But perhaps that was only fear: the age old trick of not trying difficult things, in order to avoid trying and failing.

So I am come round to it. And in any case, I am blessed to have tech support from some truly capable and generous people. And of course this makes me grateful, makes me want to do all I can to remain open to experimentation, and even to joy – in the face of difficulties, fear, the unknown.

How will I know whether I am succeeding or failing? I guess I may not know until afterwards, or maybe I will never know. And the truth is that questions of connection and engagement are always going to be present, and will apply in all circumstances – its only that they are heightened and brought closer to the surface by my need to figure out what it means to prepare work for a virtual exhibition.

So what am I trying to do here, what to achieve ?

I suppose what I want first of all is to make sure that the work is generous. And I have a growing feeling that there is a value in showing the unresolved, the uncertain, the unfinished. That it is the less ‘proficient’ of the things that I am making from my kitchen table, and my little room in my little house, which may be the most generous of the things I can offer to show to someone right now.

Secondly, my work is a lot to do with attention, connection. Therefore, if the work becomes something to consume with a swipe, a slick shiny grabber of a fraction of another person’s precious second, this will be a contradiction and a tension that may consitute failure in my own terms.

And also, (which seems a bit selfish), I think I will learn a lot along the way, which has got to be a good thing.

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artists books painting

Folding books

Testing concertina and pamphlet book forms today. I wanted to see how the different forms work for these paintings that I’m making. The scrolls are still the most direct, but these have nice rhythm. I pasted card covers on a few concertina books. It changes them so much to cover them, even open like this, turns them into something altogether different.

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artists books painting

more mountain scrolls

I’ve been working on drawings and paintings today.

These are a group of eight small scrolls I made in watercolour and mixed media, based on my walks at Mynydd Llangyndeyrn:

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art

Testing cyanotypes

Working on the cyanotypes today, trying things out and making tests, enjoying a bit of sun on the face.

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artists books video

folding books

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art drawing

layering in the writing

I’ve been trying out different ways of layering some of my written pieces into the drawings. Some tests today – screen printing my writing onto small drawings and photo prints:

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art drawing

trying combinations

Today, some experiments trying out my mountain drawings & photos in combinations ( ie. by placing side-by-side).

I feel like something promising is happening, & will carry on with this thought, and probably paste them down together once I reach combinations I am happy with.

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art photography

photos with gold

working on these gilded photos again…

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art photography

photos (strange ones)

continuing with the thought of using gold leaf to create gilded landscape photos.

these are strange, and very imperfect, but I’m persevering, I feel like there may be something yet to come from it.