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.
Selected for KALEID 2016 Collection of European-based artists’ books with a curated exhibition and seminar in Norway at Kunsthøgskolen i Oslo (Oslo National Academy of the Arts), 11 – 13 May 2016.
Acquired by: British Museum Collection, London Chelsea College of Arts Collection, London
Tate Library Collection, London The Poetry Library, South Bank, London
Repetition & Recollection… is inspired by Søren Kierkegaard’s insightful dialectic from his 1843 book, ‘Repetition’and is the essence of this book.Repetition and recollection are the same movement, only in opposite directions: for what is recollected has been, is repeated backwards, whereas repetition properly so called is recollected forwards. Tactile words flowing in opposite directions across the folded pages echo the back-and-forth play between repetition and recollection. Recollection is confined to the past; or is it bringing the past into the present? Repetition, on the other hand, is in constant forward motion; or is it connecting the past to the future? Kierkegaard’s paradox remains. Double-sided concertina format 170 x 120mm; letterpress printed in Bembo; foil-blocked covers. Produced by Book Works, London.
Aether#3 @ Imperial College, London, 29 April – 23 May 2016
The artists, using various processes, explore seemingly unrepresentable and unimaginable phenomena in outer space. I am exhibitingAccretion: black hole & quasar, comprising two drawings, with co-curators Melanie King and Louise Beer, and Emma Backlund, Myka Baum, Marianne Bjornmyr, Lucy Eldridge, Susan Eyre, Adam Ferris, Michaela French, Zanny Mellor, Lisa Pettibone, and Himali Singh Soin. Accretion: black hole & quasar reflects positive and negative, stillness and movement. Ink on paper, each 40 x 50 cm.
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 @ 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 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.