During the half term holiday I was away with my family on the west coast of Scotland. I’ve been coming to these parts all my life and I can feed off a visit like this creatively for months and more. Although the weather wasn’t brilliant it was easy to be on the nearby beach every day, at least for a brisk walk, and at most for a leisurely afternoon playing games, cooking and pretending it was a bit warmer than it actually was.
As ever, I came home with a head full of thoughts, images and ideas and a box full of ‘things’ to continue that process with. Now my little collection is laid out in my studio and slowly I’m getting to know the various objects.
After a long and busy summer things have finally returned to the normal routine of term time. Autumn is in the air and I have a lot to do! I have work to finish for a number of exhibitions this autumn (there is an updated list on my exhibitions page now), the biggest of which is Tide Marks, which gets its first showing at Gate Gallery in Grimsby towards the end of October.
As with Textures of Spurn and Gifts from the Pavement I am publishing a book to accompany this body of work and I am busy pulling that together to meet the print deadline. It’s a satisfying process to bring something like this together, to see the images sitting alongside each other and look back at how the work has developed. I like this documentation of a project, recording the process and bringing that together with elements of inspiration and finished work. It isn’t a catalogue and it isn’t a description of how I have done what I’ve done. It is more a commentary on the project and a way to take the viewer deeper into where the work has come from.
This time round I’m doing everything myself: becoming publisher and graphic designer as well as artist. It’s a steep learning curve but I like a challenge!