Artist's description:

A series of monotypes using rock pigments collected from the seaside town of Watchet in West Somerset, U.K. and colours only available through industrial means. This explores ideas on the Anthropocene Age and our interventions with the landscape, extracting and re-introducing materials after manufacturing.

The series explores working collaboratively with the material and approaching the work through not having any pre-conceived idea before making the marks. The pigments are made into printing ink using medium and applied to the printing surface with a large pallet knife.

The proposition explored in this particular practice is the exploration of the space between initial chemical release in the mind towards thinking and the act of action before fully forming an idea in the mind. The action of the mark is made quick and direct to the surface, capturing the muscle action from the unconscious thought - seeing if it is possible to build layers of pre-thinking into an image to reveal something un-affected by any form of concept or conceptualised idea.

Through working with the material I am exploring an area I am becoming more involved with concerning epigenetic memory and inter-generational transference of memory revealed through the marks we leave behind - in this instance through the marks made in response to material, surface and action.

This image was created whilst thinking about our ancestors creating their shamanic artworks found in caves across the world. During the process of making this print I would place myself into a thought experiment examining and thinking about how they must have felt whilst creating their work, its effect on their world view and how it transformed their view of the landscape, animal world and environment they inhabited.

Materials used:

Handmade Pigments, Linseed Oil, Dammar Varnish, Industrial Pigments, Seawater from a hole left by a fossil hunter on Watchet beach on Cartridge Paper Stock

Mind in the Cave (2016)


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