Transit of Mercury

UCL Observatory, Mill Hill, London, 9 May 2016
At the observatory as an artist-in-residence it was thrilling to witness the transit of Mercury. Mercury is seen as a tiny black dot crossing the vast majestic red sun, our nearest star. My photograph was taken outside with a Sony compact camera through H-alpha filter on the Solarscope.
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Aether #2 Berlin

Aether #2 Berlin @ Jarvis Dooney Galerie, Berlin
20 February – 2 April 2016


Aether, co-curated by Melanie King, Louise Beer and gallery owner Michael Dooney, brought together 14 international artists who share a fascination with the universe and beyond.  Using various methods of photography they explore relationships between astronomy, matter, time and space.
Exhibitors: Louise Beer, Lauren Franklin, Michaela French, Jane Grisewood, Katie Goodwin, Osheen Harruthoonyan, Jaden Hastings, Barry W. Hughes, Melanie King, Clare Krouzecky, Casey Moore, Sophy Rickett, Kate Robertson, Maija Tammi.
My Black Light: Eclipse print sequence traces the moon crossing the sun during an annular solar eclipse, taken on 20 May 2012, 17:31pm to 8:38pm, at the McMath-Pierce solar telescope on Kitt Peak while artist-in-residence at NOAO, Arizona, USA.
Nine Giclee prints (30 x 24cm), edition of ten.

Drawn Conversations

Notes on a Table,  Maryclare Foá, Jane Grisewood, Birgitta Hosea, Carali McCall), Drawn Conversations exhibition @ Coventry University
4 December 2015

Top right: Notes on a Table (Reunion) 2015  240 x 128 cm, graphite and coloured pencil on paper  Bottom: Notes on a Table (after John Cage) 2010 240 x 128 cm, graphite and black crayon on paper

‘Drawn Together’, formed in 2008, is a London-based group of four artists who collaborate on performance drawing projects and share theoretical and research interests. Working with graphite and light, sound and animation they perform drawing processes and address the relationship between the body and presence, time and space. Notes on a Table includes two large drawings (each two-hour duration) made while in conversation gathered around a rectangular kitchen table. The first drawing in 2010 was followed by a second one this year, on the same surface in the same space to prompt conversation on what drawing together again might mean, or change,  five years on. This exhibition curated by Jill Journeaux and Helen Gorrill was part of the Drawing Conversations symposium reflecting on collective and collaborative drawing experiences.

Aether #1

image001 Aether @ UAL Showroom gallery, London
15 April – 5 July 2015
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Exhibiting Black Light: Eclipse with co-curators Melanie King and Louise Beer, along with Robert Bell, Jon Clair, Jared Davis, Sarah Fontais, Lauren Franklin, Jaden Hastings, David Moore, Lara Morrell and Sophy Rickett. The print sequence  traces the moon crossing the sun during an annular solar eclipse on 20 May 2012, 17:31pm to 8:38pm, at the McMath-Pierce solar telescope on Kitt Peak while artist-in-residence at NOAO, Arizona, Nine Giclee prints (30 x 24cm), edition of 10.

Blind Lines

Perform-ance Confer-ence @ Dove Street Studios, Norwich
28 November 2014
Blind Lines, two-hour performance drawing, with eyes closed throughout, using the wall as a canvas. The audience was invited to replicate the action and sensation of drawing ‘blind’ on the gallery wall. The event explored the relationship between artist and audience, and questioned the response to live action. Presented by Hannah Turner Wallis.
Supported by Norwich Arts Centre and Other/Other/Other.

reveal/conceal

reveal/conceal @ House no.25 London N16, 26 November 2014
Six-hour wall drawings, covering in dark and uncovering in light, with Carali McCall and documented by photographer Marco Berardi, during the early stages of the internal demolition of a Victorian 4-storey house. Graphite durational wall drawing, 400 x 220 cm; Acrylic paint on glass durational drawing, 110 x 110 cm

Mourning Lines

Mourning Lines in ‘Book Act’ @ The Tetley, Leeds,  March 2014
Live performance  9 March 2014 accompanied by video (2006/2014)
and artist book (2010)

  • 3 book set in slipcase acquired by the Tate Library Collection

Since the first ‘ash walk’ in 2005, and subsequent video a year later, I have performed Mourning Lines many times in many different ways, from drawing lines on paper,  to simply walking between familiar and poignant places. For this event Mourning Lines comprised of three different media:
Performance: 30-minute performance drawing with invitation to the audience to participate; charcoal on paper, overall 500 x 75 cm
Video: Recording of live performance trailing ash on 500-metre walk between home and the village burial ground. DVD; silent; 9’42”; filmed and edited by Ron Suffield
Book:  Accompanying book with sequence of 7 graphite drawings made during walks.