The painting explores an idea about how our ancestors must have felt living in the caves of the Paleolithic era, whilst surviving in the harsh environment and traded their mined pigments. Throughout the history of humankind, tribes have traded with one another and in the area of Somerset one of the mined pigments traded was ochre. During these times of living in the cave systems, our visuals would have been influenced by the flickering flames of the fires keeping us warm and cooking our food, whilst producing shadows upon the walls of the cave, creating forms and anthropomorphic images leading to their capture in pigments from the earth transformed into paintings.
This image plays with this ideas as well as the idea of recreating the natural forms of rocks and their structure using pigments Adam has chosen during his walks in the landscape and delving into the recesses, caves and cliff faces in and around Somerset and the world.
This painting uses rock pigments collected from my walks and travels in the landscape of Somerset, Spain, Cyprus and Mexico. The rocks were collected during my walks and travels, turning into powder and using as pigment to create these small paintings exploring the accidental and incidental whilst listen to jazz.
The combination of listening to music and working with nature, through various elements including the powder, movement of water, sea water, snow water, hailstone water, turps, linseed and gravity exploring the intervention of the artist with a variety of materials and means to capture the essence of the moment, forming these topographical works on paper.
The collaborative pieces between the artist and the materials draw out the natural and the manipulated, forming paintings that explore the movement of nature, entropy and conceptual thoughts influenced in subtle ways through the intervention of sound to form poetical painting with natural materials and industrially made material, resonating with the anthropocene age.
These works are applied to a board once dry and placed into a handmade box frame.
Rock pigment from watchet, Bideford, Cyprus (Lemba), Fuerteventura (Spain), Mexico (Teotihuacan), Seawater from a hole left by a fossil hunter, Hailwater, Snowwater, Soapy water, Linseed oil, Indian ink, Dammar varnish, Satin varnish.