The found object in this work is a rusty piece of metal found at the Blast beach, Seaham. The paper is handmade cotton wool paper.
Size of each unframed 32cm x 42cm
The rusty objects that were used to dye the fabric were found on the Blast, remnants of industry, and they had been hidden, then exposed by the sea before starting their new lives as my muse. The words on the rust dyed cotton describe the revealing of the objects by the sea, however these words can also be used as a metaphor for life and the challenges faced by the individual as they grow and develop.
Pen and ink on cartridge paper.
Size 12 cm high x 12 cm wide.
The rope inclusions came from the Blast beach ledge. A juxtaposition exists between the use of handmade paper and the environment of the Blast. It is fragile!
Featured in 'A Tale Of A Few Cities' project 2021
How dare they: my first reaction on hearing about the loss of trees, hedge and habitat caused by Northern Powergrid in april 2021. Without permission they cut and pulled out 20 metres of ancient Hawthorn hedge and trees. Visiting this site I found a muddy, scarred landscape with upturned roots. The once lush species rich area transformed into a battle site, reminiscent of WW1. It was painful, triggering past emotions relating to lack of respect by others for nature, the planet and historic landscape. Compensation will be paid, but this will not restore the wind sculpted trees, nor the ecological system lost. Disconnection to nature is happening all over the world, threatening our planet's existence. Hawthorn used in this work was cut up on site.