Tide Marks is the result of an on-going pre-occupation with the places where land meets sea. For an artist the beach and its hinterland can be the richest source of experience and discovery. Daily it collects treasures and detritus by turn. What Alice finds and works with often carries an identity and history we can only guess at. An object has come her way, with the tide, with the mystery of the movement of wind, sea and sand, or simply the consequence of human negligence.
What appears in this series of contemplative art works on paper and fabric carries an essence of the coastal landscapes they so often embody. Marks are made on fabric directly from found items. Impressions are made on paper like imprints in wet sand. Alice is gatherer of patterns whose harvest can appear both random and organized. Subtle layers of texture are built up by applying a diversity of printmaking and mark-making techniques. Rust prints and collagraph join with the contoured flow of hand-stitched or woven yarns. Using seawater and tea as agents, objects gathered on the beach are allowed to make their mark. Hand stitch added in response to those marks references the way beach material is collected and moved by the action of the waves.
Nigel Morgan’s evocative poetry helps to transport the mind to the locations that have fed into Alice’s work.
Tide Marks is Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.
Exhibition tour dates:
- Gate Gallery, Grimsby : 24 October – 30 November 2013. Read a review here.
- Lansdown Gallery, Stroud (part of SIT Select 2014) : 6 – 24 May 2014
- Artlink, Hull : 26 July – 24 August 2014
- SDC Gallery, 24 Rivington Street, London : 22 – 27 September 2014