On the 18th and 19th June 2016 there will be The Wealden Literary Festival, held at Boldshaves garden, near Woodchurch, Kent.

I am presently working in the grounds of Boldshaves and a beautiful barn developing new work, in response to the nature of the place. I will be exhibition this and other work on the theme of nature and place during the weekend festival.

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Id primal reaction no.1 – released from ideas and conceptual structures; I express myself as simply and directly as possible with paper and charcoal.

 

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out  – primal reaction no. 2 – an awareness of light and environment comes into the day 2 response.

 

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nest, abode, birth – primal reaction no.3 – feeling inside something looking out, day 3.

 

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universe – primal expression no. 4 – being out in the universal space, perceiving and comprehending the source of light.

 

DSC_0025subject – primal expression no. 5 – cube; object to reflect the universal light and break it down into reasonable and logical structure.

 

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black square – primal reaction no. 6 – the dualism of black and white, light and dark, fear and surrender; a simplification of the cube. From in looking out. Me being in the universe. Dark forest. Fear. Peace. Balance.

 

I found being in the forest scary, especially when sleeping there on my own, why? Fear of not seeing what’s coming IMG_5515s to get you, fear of the unknown…

I’ve become very aware of the dynamic of looking from within the light and looking out into dark and the other way round and how they feel.

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charcoal drawings exploring the dynamic being in and looking out from the opposites of light and dark, white and black.

 

 

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In the dark looking out, things are less frightening and actually inspire in me a sensation of spirituality and a sense of being in a religious building like a cathedral or mosque.

 

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experimental drawings considering the graphic interpretation of out and in the light and dark

 

 

Using Chestnut and Oak wood and a steel canister designed and made by Keith of KGS Metal, Ashford, I made perfect dense black charcoal, in a very hot, chestnut wood fire for 6 hours…

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And then drew with it..

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From inside the forest looking out.

 

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From outside the forest looking in.

 

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“Found my poems in a field.”

John Clare, quoted by Richard Mabey, Nature Cure