I harbour aspirations to do more drawing and printmaking, possibly even animation. I am continually torn between the trodden and untrodden path, should I continue to try and improve upon my partial understanding of metal or is there time to do something good in another field before handing in my cards. Merce Cunningham said that one should continually unlearn – but for him this was always as a choreographer. But he was right, we do become trapped within what we know, what we have developed becomes a limitation.
The images below are stills from an animation featuring the pollution of a local brook which not so long ago had king fishers but is now receptacle for rubbish .
The designs below, ‘Wall scrolls’, as I think of them, were first drawn on a large scale, 6 or more feet, before scanning. I plan a series fabric hangings. I like the freedom, the added dimension, that digital scanning and printing brings to the process of drawing.
Some of the drawings and prints below came from studies for a print illustrating the folk tale, ‘The musicians of Bremen’, others were from musings on angels, the evolution of wings and beaks, why angels could not in the natural course of evolution have both wings and arms and if not arms they would like birds require beaks – and sundry other thoughts.
The prints below began as mono prints made on an etching press during a residency in Vermont. I later scanned and modified them to create compositions that I imagine as fabric hangings, as indeed the ones below them featuring fighting pheasants and geese. The geese because I heard a talk in which was said that certain geese migrating over the Himalaya’s have been doing so since before the mountains were there. I imagine them every year wondering why the trip is becoming harder to make.
The drawings below came from an interest in trying to show the movement, the energy, of birds in flight. Pheasants ordinarily seem rather uninteresting as they either scurry away or explode into flight but I guess their own lives are to them intense enough.