I regularly go with my camera and drawing materials to walk parts of the Pilgrims Way. I want to find a connection to this ancient pathway, used by communities for thousands of years, that once followed the land bridge to cross the now English Channel, that provided a route to Thomas Becket’s shine at Canterbury Cathedral, that now signifies ‘Olde England’. But Im beginning to recognise I always leave feeling strangely empty, like it was a love affair that never really happened.
The paintings are made from digital photographs, and objects I pick up on or around the path fasten down on paper with wires, brackets and screws to create a stencil for spray paint.
White Line 1. Studio View
White Line 2. White Line. Acrylic on Canvas 50cm x 34cm
White Line 3. Studio View
White Line 4. Studio View
White Line 5. White Line. Acrylic on Canvas 62cm x 36cm
White Line 6. Tile. Spray Paint on Paper 90cm x 90cm
White Line 7. Branch. Spray Paint on Paper 190cm x 90cm
White Line 8. Detail of Branch Spray Paint on Paper
This work is developing from ongoing conversations with my brother about the village we grew up in. We have been thinking about the village ‘rituals’ such as the yearly ‘Village Feast’ as one of many pedagogical ‘encounters’ or events through which we learnt to think about ourselves as ‘local’, and identifying ourselves as part of a unique set of people. This is leading us to think about why some belonged and others didn’t.
Studio Shots 2021
A recent visit with friends and family to a wood near where I grew up, prompted a conversation about how comfortable we would feel walking in the Yorkshire countryside on our own. It was clear that most felt they wouldn’t do it. This is the starting point of work that looks to understand the ‘barriers’ around the wood, who can pass and who can’t. The sound element is been developed by Ben Grant
Film Still 2020