beneath my feet

Alice Fox pavement marks 18

I’m working on a new project.  It started with my contribution to the Brooklyn Art Library’s Sketchbook Project (link to my book in the digital library on the right).  I’m now working on an exhibition for the wonderful Saltaire Arts Trail which takes place in my local World Heritage site in May.  I’m taking the ideas I started in my original sketchbook and the resulting work will form an installation as part of the trail around the village.

Alice Fox pavememnt marks 6

Gifts from the Pavement is a collection of textures, marks and shapes found on the streets of Saltaire: Subtle changes in the surface of the pavement; points of interest under foot; discarded objects like a rusty washer or squashed tin can, a dropped ticket or a scrap of something not-quite-discernable.  These marks and shapes are collected and arranged, explored and developed into unconventional prints and displayed in surprising ways for the viewer to follow, discover, explore.

Alice Fox pavement marks 11

So I have been collecting, pavement combing, sweeping the Saltaire streets with my eyes.  I have a whole bunch of wonderful photos of ironmongery, kerb stone marks and ephemera of all sorts.  I also have a box of ‘gifts’ that I collected on my walks, some more beautiful than others (I avoided anything too distasteful – there were many cigarette stubs and a few other unsavoury items!).

lice Fox pavement combing

This week I’ve been sorting through the images and items (some more of them are here) and preparing to print with them.  They’re a strange mix of things: some with a history as long as Titus’s village, some dropped from someone’s pocket on a rushed journey to work a week ago.

9 thoughts on “beneath my feet

  1. As I am away from my home in the Cairngorms and off to Birmingham for a month will look at the pavements for inspiration, thanks Alice for a wonderful collection of images.

  2. Love this idea Alice – I usually collect stuff on my walks but rarely in urban areas – wish I was there to see the prints in situ but have now returned south so hope to hear more about the project here

    • Hi Rosie. This has felt like a natural extension of beach combing. I have picked up rusty metal from the streets for a while so thought I’d approach it the same way I would on a beach. The prints are still growing but I’ll show how they develop. X

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