In parallel with other photographic work and my Found String project, I have developed a series of paintings focussing on that which I could not photograph—in other words, an essential, emotional response to a place. Through their scale and particular application of paint, their tactility recalls the environment of Hemerdon Mine in which they originated.
For this purpose, I used cutting-discs found in Hemerdon Mine along with pallet knives and other found objects to apply the paint, a practice which I continue to use today.
Acrylic on canvas
113cm x 93cm
Photography and Painting have always been the tools of preference for my creative process with one informing the other. In parallel with the photographic landscape interventions and the Found String project, developed a series paintings in which the main criteria was ‘painting that which I could not photograph’, ie, the essence, emotional response of a place. The paintings had to have a certain physicality, both in the scale and the application of the paint and felt tactile and of the place. For this purpose I used cutting discs found in situ at Hemerdon Mine to apply the paint along with pallet knives and found objects, a practice that I still use today !