Pecking Order – a film & a text

Lights on lights off. Credit to Martin Creed – his work made an empty room into a place to inhabit and be aware of one’s own presence in the world. My thinking around lights on and lights off has not come from an indoor lightbulb moment, but rather a streetlight one. And its relationship withContinue reading “Pecking Order – a film & a text”

#floodsnearhome call to action – prospecting future flooding

#floodsnearhome call to action – prospecting future flooding Disclaimer: I’m an artist, not a scientist or activist. I rely on readily available online data and do my best to ensure the maps and information I share are from reliable sources. But no-one knows the facts because it is impossible to have them. Everything is inContinue reading “#floodsnearhome call to action – prospecting future flooding”

Walk Create Gallery #3 at Glasgow University

Walking Publics/Walking Arts  is  a  research project  funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council  exploring the potential of the arts to sustain, encourage and more equitably support walking during and recovering from a pandemic. A broad selection of artworks about walking and art during the pandemic. Plenty to delve into on a rainy day –Continue reading “Walk Create Gallery #3 at Glasgow University”

B-side Festival this weekend – hope you can make it!

This weekend the wonderful b-side a festival is on all weekend. Loads of brilliant work to see in one of my favourite landscapes. Sadly I can’t go – but if you do – can you send me some pics of my film being screened please? It is 12 Circular Walks, part of the Harvest selectionContinue reading “B-side Festival this weekend – hope you can make it!”

When You Call I Shall Come film – one year on

It is nearly a year since I filmed the footage of the Spring Bore at the start of the covid19 pandemic. There were no surfers, few other viewers. Just me and the Severn. It was very poignant, a privilege. Next week I shall film again, haunted by the memory of that unique moment in time.Continue reading “When You Call I Shall Come film – one year on”

Visioning in a pandemic

staring into white spacewaitingi see a circlein the skystart to emergethen fade awayi’m watchingslow breathingthe whitenessblocking my ability to thinkthe tide coming inand going outthings float across my visionmy eye keeps returningto the whiteand the yellowoh so slightlyyellow circlethat i keep thinkingi can seebut then can’tbirds call in the dawngetting louder with hopefor a newContinue reading “Visioning in a pandemic”

REACHING SATURATION POINT

Listening to the weather when I awake It is unsettled and petulant With a grey moody texture Swishes of tyres, squelching of feet The soundtrack of recent weeks Puddles become pools become rivers Heavy grey skies mirrored in a spectacular waterland As far as the eye can see Water defies boundaries, bursts banks, streams overContinue reading “REACHING SATURATION POINT”

Saturday thoughts: black, white, grey, erasure, rebuilding, remembering

I’m in the middle of doing a large charcoal and chalk drawing on black pastel paper. I’ve always had a penchant for working on black surfaces. During my MA I projected videos onto black perspex, lay thick printing inks onto black watercolour when I made monoprints. I attended an Arvon writing residency about arts writingContinue reading “Saturday thoughts: black, white, grey, erasure, rebuilding, remembering”

Of church bells, towers & vertigo – 360-degree images from high above the River Severn

Earlier this year Andy Vivian very kindly took me up into the bell tower of St. Peter’s Church in Newnham. We were armed with my 360-degree camera which I controlled remotely. Those who know me well are aware that if I stand on a chair I get dizzy and wobbly, so going up into theContinue reading “Of church bells, towers & vertigo – 360-degree images from high above the River Severn”