• The Quanta of History

    I have just finished reading Carlo Rovelli's 'The Order of Time' which, as well as being a fantastic read, has helped me think about my own thoughts on time and in particular, the idea of trying to see the past as if it were the present. Rovelli takes the reader on a journey from what might be termed a 'common perception of  time,' to one that … Continue Reading

    The Quanta of History
  • Empathy Forward

    Much of my work over the past however many years has been about empathy and how we can empathise with those who suffered trauma in the past. In part, this line of work began with a visit I made to Auschwitz in 2006 and developed with visits to other sites of historical trauma including the battlefield sites of the First World War. My work has … Continue Reading

    Empathy Forward
  • The Natural World of 978

    I've written before about this postcard. When I bought it n 1978 I was 7 years old and, in many ways, it marked the beginning of my interest in History - the idea that there was a time when the year could be written with just 3 numbers; 9, 7, and 8 - and at some point my interest in the past was conflated with that of my interest in nature; in … Continue Reading

    The Natural World of 978
  • 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
  • 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

Artist’s Blog

The Quanta of History

The Quanta of History

I have just finished reading Carlo Rovelli’s ‘The Order of Time’ which, as well as being a fantastic read, has …
Empathy Forward

Empathy Forward

Much of my work over the past however many years has been about empathy and how we can empathise with …
The Natural World of 978

The Natural World of 978

I’ve written before about this postcard. When I bought it n 1978 I was 7 years old and, in many …
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 …
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” …