Work in Progress; Darkness and Light, a celebration and a lament.

A celebration of the weather systems of the earth; the passage of day into night. A lament for the changing climate, for the shadows cast.

Darkness and Light is an evolving collaborative project about the complex fragility of the Earth. Working together with Don Braisby and Jane Harding, but each making our own work, we aim to create a reflective and imaginative space, using sculpture, print, drawing and film.

Inside Out House, etching
Inside Out House
A Gap in the Trees, etching
A Gap in the Trees

The beginning of a new series of etchings for Darkness and Light.

Full Fathom Five, installation
Full Fathom Five
 
Seaweed detail
Seaweed detail
Seaweed plated
Seaweed plated
Seaweed detail
Seaweed detail

In Full Fathom Five, an installation about the rising surface of the oceans, drifting fragments of seaweed were collected from a storm beach on the Outer Hebrides. They have been suspended and appear to float through a delicate house structure made from aluminium. Some have undergone a sea change transformation and are plated in copper.

North Wind, boat sculpture
North Wind
 
North Wind, studio
North Wind, studio

North Wind, is a sculpture constructed from partly burnt heather. A complex web structure describes the form of a long narrow boat, just big enough for one person. Pinned together with thorns gathered from blackthorn hedgerows, it is elevated off the ground by hazel saplings, as if drifting down a flooded river and caught between trees. A few fragments of heather have been gilded. There are fairy tales woven into this work; the idea of the impossible task, by morning you will construct an entire boat from fragments of heather and it will become gold.

The idea first came from The Silent Weaver, an account of the work of Angus McPhee from Uist in the Outer Hebrides by Roger Hutchinson. Silent for many years he found solace in weaving garments from grass and heather entirely with his hands alone. They were ephemeral works of extraordinary imagination.

Drifting Boat, drawing
Drifting Boat

Drawing after making sculpture is a way of reflecting on the work. There is creative play between three and two dimensions.

Early Evening, woodcut
Early Evening
Dusk, woodcut
Dusk
Nightfall, woodcut
Nightfall
Edge of Darkness, woodcut
Edge of Darkness

Falling Light is a series of four large woodcuts charting the deep space of the rising tide. Set directly in front of each print is a fragile sculpture made from blackthorn; a house, sea barriers, a boat and a footbridge. I explored the Mawddach Estuary on the North Wales coast to research this. From a tiny island, only accessible at low tide, you can gaze a huge distance, far out to sea. As the light falls, the shifting patterns of sand, water and salt constantly change.

House, copper plated blackthorn sea structure
House
Sea Barriers, copper plated blackthorn sea structure
Sea Barriers
Boat, copper plated blackthorn sea structure
Boat
Bridge, copper plated blackthorn sea structure
Bridge

Four copper plated blackthorn sea structures.

Early Evening, woodcut and copper plated blackthorn sea structure
Early Evening
Dusk, woodcut and copper plated blackthorn sea structure
Dusk
Nightfall, woodcut and copper plated blackthorn sea structure
Nightfall
Edge of Darkness, woodcut and copper plated blackthorn sea structure
Edge of Darkness
Leaf Vessel
Leaf Vessel

Leaf Vessel was first made as a maquette for the boat sculpture and became the first of a series of transient vessels.

Floating Leaf Vessel
Floating Leaf Vessel

The ephemeral nature of the materials used in this work is a reflection on the fragility and transience of the Earth, the delicate balance of land and sea.

Fireplace, drawing
Fireplace, pencil drawing
Fire on Ice, drawing
Fire on Ice, pencil drawing