Yesterday was the first of what I hope will be many – a study day supporting individual practice at West Dean College. I did not arriving knowing what I was going to do (unlike everyone else) but the word “respond” struck a chord and I decided to look at some of my found objects with that in mind. Below is a lovely bit of metal that I found on the shore near my home – I find it beautiful in its own right and would happily live with it framed on my wall but here is my response to it.
I used layers of acrylic ink and paint with wax resist to create a group of four:
A useful tip is to work on top of a good piece of paper – you create a series of loose and unintentional marks that might just look good:
The second found object was a piece of plastic found whilst walking along the harbourside at Bosham – on the back it reads “Discharge” and it was the top section of a plastic folder – something to do with copying I think. Anyway, whatever it is, I like it! Again I worked with layers and scratch marks to create a group of six small works which I was pleased with:
It was a first for me to work this small and I will do so again. I’d also like to try this really big … and on fabric ….