This painting is inspired by the musicians Idris Muhammad (Sudan), John Coltrane (Equinox), Pharaoh Sanders (Harvest Time) and Miles Davis (Silent Way). Dripping, flicking, hitting the containers of rock powder, spilling, moving, dancing etc. via the sequences of sound as the tunes were played.
Through these actions, forms created take on the forms of landscape and objects within the landscape, as though one wanders through the image on a pathway to somewhere, somewhere the viewer's imagination creates through time spent with the image.
Like ancestors staring at the walls of the caves as the flickering light from the fires reveal images through the dancing shadows created upon the wall.
The 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 listening to jazz sounds from legends.
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.
Rock Pigments on Fabriano Paper, Board, Wood Frame.