This print is part of a series of works called Petrus. These woodcuts explore soil samples which were collected on a journey around Taunton and the subsequent bacteria from the soil drawn into agar in petri dishes. The part of the journey was drawn on the agar and then left in the dark for the bacteria to grow and spread.
These explore the hidden world of the landscape and form bacteria paintings through living matter growing and forming shapes and colours in agar. These were then drawn and created as reduction woodcut prints, forming a new form of landscape art, whilst also exploring ideas grounded in Feminism, Poetics and Realism. Like the maps of old which recorded the ever-expanding lands of the world, as people explored strange new lands, bringing home new flora and fauna, the Dutch master cartographers' maps and atlases would proffer as part of their trading, building their nation and their riches, as well as expanding the ever growing research and knowledge as one of many leading lights to the enlightenment of human kind.
Pangaea explores the importance of soil bacteria to the development of the land, its landscape and the plants that support life on earth. Through its shifting lands, the continual evolving and movement of land mass shape and re-shape the landscape, bringing new forms to life.
The universal symbol of the Circle and the Aureole (Mandola) draws parallels with our reliance of the land, fertility, growth, culture, boundaries and represented notions of the 'feminine maternal principles' and Ecological Feminism.
These images were recently exhibited at the Overflow Exhibition at Centrespace in Bristol with many commenting on how it reminded them of very fine embroidery with silver and gold thread.
These images are an Edition of two. Print #1 is owned by the Institute for Advanced Studies at Bristol University, Bristol.
Print #2 is available and will come with a similar handmade, recycled pallet wood frame. [Once completed I will upload the images to here.]
Oil Paint, Medium, Surrey Paper Stock, Pallet Wood Frame - Handmade