The work centres around the abandoned ships that line the estuary where I walk. It records aspects of this decay over time, steel plates attached to abandoned ships capture the weathering processes that develop rust over different durations. Clay prints of the crumbling barnacle encrusted hull make a visual record of the decay.
Coming together the work becomes two grid-formed installation creating a map of the time + place + material processes.
Material: mild steel; rust transfer on Hahnemuhle; clay
Dimensions (steel): 30 x 10cm each. Grid ongoing 3m x 6m
Dimensions (paper): 40 x 20cm each. Grid ongoing 6m x 12m
Dimensions (clay): 95 x 110cm to mirror OS Explorer 139
Objects + Place
My repeated walks on the Taw Estuary find ways to explore and record the surface. At first sight the landscape seems pristine, but plastics are tangled in the flood defences at the high tide mark, so that as I walk I collect each piece of plastic, creating an ongoing archive of all the plastics from each walk.
Series: Photo etchings on Hahnemuhle
Dimensions: 75 x 45cm each. Grid ongoing
Surface + Place
I use my body as a recording mechanism for my walks in a place, adapted walking boots capture the textures of the ground underfoot to become Drypoint etchings printed with collected earth. Adapted gloves record the textures felt by my hands along the route to become Drypoint etchings printed with collected surface materials. These form an archive of the textural surface as experienced on foot and by hand over time.
Drypoint etchings printed in handmade ink on Hahnemuhle
Dimensions: 75 x 100cm. Series ongoing
Mapping + Drawing + Place
The map as a document of power and control, the map as a tool to navigate, to plan to record a walk, to situate an experience within the landscape. I walk with the OS Explorer map of the estuary, it becomes my sketchbook to record the textures of the ground, the symbols of the landscape, snippets of conversation and observations. It becomes a composite record of the walk and the place, of the trace I leave behind me. Each map frames the next walk that is in turn framed by the last as a never ending embodied process.
My walks are GPS tracked so that the shapes I make form part of the work, as do the shapes and lines of the landscape I traverse and the materials I collect along the way.
Works on paper, earth, rust, carbon, ink, graphite and salt water