• The Gone Forest

    Two years ago I shot some video at Shotover Country Park (see 'Writing Shadows') and finally, this weekend, I had the chance to edit the clips together to make a piece entitled 'The Gone Forest'. The piece is something viewers can dip in and out of rather than sit through from beginning to end, and while it is a finished piece, there are lots of … Continue Reading

    The Gone Forest
  • The Weight of Now

    Following on from my last two posts (Goethean Observation: Pilgrims of the Wild, 1935 and Empathy/Exchange: 668 grams) I have begun a collaboration with artist Lucy Gresley. Lucy took the weight of the book  - Pilgrims of the Wild -  and weighed out three pieces of clay at 668 grams. She then fired the clay and sent me the image below with the … Continue Reading

    The Weight of Now
  • Empathy/Exchange: 668 grams

    This follows on from my last post - Goethean Observation: Pilgrims of the Wild, 1935. I made this observation after struggling with an idea I've had for a long time. The idea came from work I made several years ago on the theme of the Holocaust which led to an installation at Shotover Country park in Oxford (2009) entitled 'The Woods, … Continue Reading

    Empathy/Exchange: 668 grams
  • Goethean Observation: Pilgrims of the Wild, 1935

    As with observations of this type, the text is written almost as a stream-of-consciousness, as a result of which there might be a fair amount of repetition, dropped sentences, and parts that won’t make an awful lot sense! But that is the nature of the thing; to find a hook - a few words that might be the foundation of something else. Goethean … Continue Reading

    Goethean Observation: Pilgrims of the Wild, 1935
  • Nazareth O

    As part of my family history research (as described in my previous post), I chanced upon a name which leapt from the pages of an old parish register: Nazareth. Nazareth was the wife of my 8th great-uncle William Oakley (born in St. Thomas' parish, Oxford in 1673), and as things stand, that is all I know. But the more I've thought about her and … Continue Reading

    Nazareth O
  • Several Johns and St. Thomas

    I've recently returned to researching my family tree - something I've been doing on and off since 2007, and have been following a line on my maternal grandfather's side in my hometown of Oxford. My mother, like her father and grandfather, was actually born in Reading and it was something of a surprise to find that her ancestors (on her own paternal … Continue Reading

    Several Johns and St. Thomas
  • Raspberry

    Continuing with my research, I've gone back a few years to some work I did on World War I, specifically an 'observation' made of a trench map and graphite paintings using that map as a basis for the work. I've always liked the idea of using the map format as it articulates both the idea of place and of someone in that place. Combining it … Continue Reading

    Raspberry
  • Tokens and Shadows

    A while ago I made some sketches at Shotover Wood, tracing shadows with ink. Thinking back to these and with regards the work I'm currently making, I looked again at these sketches and applied the idea of the quick, gestural painting to the patterns. The shadow paintings, like the related video work, were themselves about absence, of time … Continue Reading

    Tokens and Shadows

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The Gone Forest

The Gone Forest

Two years ago I shot some video at Shotover Country Park (see ‘Writing Shadows’) and finally, this weekend, I had …
The Weight of Now

The Weight of Now

Following on from my last two posts (Goethean Observation: Pilgrims of the Wild, 1935 and Empathy/Exchange: 668 grams) I have …
Empathy/Exchange: 668 grams

Empathy/Exchange: 668 grams

This follows on from my last post – Goethean Observation: Pilgrims of the Wild, 1935. I made this observation after …
Goethean Observation: Pilgrims of the Wild, 1935

Goethean Observation: Pilgrims of the Wild, 1935

As with observations of this type, the text is written almost as a stream-of-consciousness, as a result of which there …
Nazareth O

Nazareth O

As part of my family history research (as described in my previous post), I chanced upon a name which leapt …
Several Johns and St. Thomas

Several Johns and St. Thomas

I’ve recently returned to researching my family tree – something I’ve been doing on and off since 2007, and have been …
Raspberry

Raspberry

Continuing with my research, I’ve gone back a few years to some work I did on World War I, specifically …
Tokens and Shadows

Tokens and Shadows

A while ago I made some sketches at Shotover Wood, tracing shadows with ink. Thinking back to these and with …
Patterns Seeping (II)

Patterns Seeping (II)

Following on from a previous blog (‘Patterns Seeping’) I’ve been working on a few preliminary sketches using some fabric I …
'Missded' 4 - Tokens

‘Missded’ 4 – Tokens

Having completed stitching the ‘Missded’ 4 canvas, I have now cut it up into tokens …
Patterns seeping

Patterns seeping

With my latest set of tokens (for ‘Missded’ 4) I wanted to work with a few of them and try …
Cut Paintings

Cut Paintings

I have some old paintings which have for many years been stored in a shed. I have nowhere else to …
'Missded' 4

‘Missded’ 4

I’ve finally finished stitching the fourth in the ‘Missded’ series of stitched works which I began some time ago. The …
Locks III

Locks III

Progressing the images from my previous post, I’ve started to arrive at something more akin to what I had in mind …
Locks II

Locks II

Following a post I wrote back in 2017 (Locks) I’ve been looking again at the idea of creating small works …
'Missded' 2 - Tokens

‘Missded’ 2 – Tokens

Having completed the stitching for ‘”Missded’ 2″, I’ve now cut it up to create the ‘tokens’ shown below …
My Son's Drawings II

My Son’s Drawings II

I’ve written before about how I find inspiration in my young son’s drawings, or in how he draws. He drew …
'Missded' 2

‘Missded’ 2

I recently completed the third (although titled as the second) in my series of stitched works based on drawings completed …
'Missded' 3 - Tokens

‘Missded’ 3 – Tokens

Having completed the stitching for ‘”Missded’ 3″, I’ve now cut it up to create the ‘tokens’ shown below …
'Missded' 3

‘Missded’ 3

I’ve finally completed another of the stitched works – “‘Missded’ 3”. Below is the original drawing made by me and …
'Missded' 1 - A Framed Token

‘Missded’ 1 – A Framed Token

When one of the ‘tokens’ is put in a frame, it becomes a thing in its own right; a fragment still, but …
Morning Has Broken

Morning Has Broken

Following on from my last post, I’ve now completed all the tokens along with another piece comprising some of them …
Tokens of absence

Tokens of absence

A few months ago I visited the Foundling Hospital in London, established in 1739 to receive and care for abandoned children …
'Missded' 1, stitched

‘Missded’ 1, stitched

The stitched versions of my son’s drawings are objects which, in contrast to the quickly made drawings on which they’re …
More Little Words

More Little Words

Leading on from my last post about my son’s scribbled post-it notes, I looked again at the tracings I made …
Three Little Words

Three Little Words

Iris created a treasure hunt for me and Eliot; a trail of post-it notes stuck around the flat, each containing a clue as …
Spaces In Between

Spaces In Between

Much of my work of the last ten years or so has been to do with the past, with imagining a moment …
'Missded' 3

‘Missded’ 3

The latest in a series of works entitled ‘Missded’. Photos below show original drawing, tracing and template drawn onto canvas …
'Missded' 2

‘Missded’ 2

Second piece showing original drawing, tracing and template drawn onto canvas …
'Missded' 1

‘Missded’ 1

The images below show the three stages (so far completed) of the first in a series of works entitled “Missded” …
Locks

Locks

Following on from my last post, the images below show tracings I made of the same drawings made with my son, …
Tracings

Tracings

When you’re a father, separated from your children a few days each week, the things you do with your children …