‘A Leaping Hare’

‘A Leaping Hare’ – a curation / assemblage from mud-larking finds   I am passionate about the countryside and the animals and birds with whom we share our rural habitat.  We see numerous rabbits but in all the time I have lived in this area of North Kent I have never seen a hare.  So whenever we take a trip … Read More

Tilly

‘Curation’ – ‘Tilly’ – Found object assemblage   I was at the London Palladium for a rock concert earlier this month. A very old fashioned and ornate venue – strangely at odds with the mood of the evening and most of the band’s fans. They opened with a ‘pastiche’ newsreel featuring the band headlining on ‘Sunday Night at the London … Read More

Lest we forget

‘Curation’ – ‘Lest we forget’   This little figure, with her head bowed and a far away look in her eye, is the personification of contemplation and mindfulness. Made entirely from found objects, she wears a little ceramic ‘helmet’, her neck is glass and her body a broken vase decorated with faded foliage and a bird motif.  She was inspired, … Read More

Herald

‘Curation’ – ‘Herald’ Inspired in part by Laurence Binyon’s poem (see my ‘Autumn Leaves’ post), I put this little figure together from autumnal hues and textures – oddly shaped pieces of ceramic and metal that I found on the foreshore. This young boy, in his autumn finery, is carrying a tiny branch of seedpods. He epitomises the richness and variety … Read More

The White Feather

‘Curation’ – ‘The White Feather’ This angelic but determined little figure in her oyster shell skirt and tiny oyster shell bonnet is striding purposefully brandishing a white feather. One of her arms – and the ‘ground’ beneath her feet – is made of bone. White feathers are symbolic of cowardice, danger and impeding doom but can also indicate the presence … Read More

The Lost Sheep

‘Curation’ – ‘The Lost Sheep’ Sometimes the forms of my foreshore finds suggest something to me the minute I see them. In this instance I found a piece of rough textured ceramic with an ‘ear’ attached.   Back in the studio I partnered it with a cloud-shaped fragment of painted polystyrene which I’d had for a while and a few bits … Read More

Pipe Dream

‘Curation’ – ‘Pipe Dream’ I photograph these ‘curations’ before dismantling them into their component parts for re-use or re-incorporation into different forms. This strikes me as the most appropriate and sustainable way of working with these unique ‘treasures’.  Many are retrieved from the brackish estuary or beaches of North Kent, swept in on the tide and reclaimed later that same … Read More

Boy with Boat

‘Curation’- ‘Boy with Boat’ The assemblages (or ‘curations’ as I like to call them) that I have been creating over recent months – are composed of fragments I have found, foraged, mud-larked or beachcombed.  Each component is placed, arranged and re-arranged, often many times, until I achieve an outcome that resonates. They can take the form of abstract utensils, mythological … Read More

A Good Listener

‘Curation’ – ‘A Good Listener’ Since moving to this part of Kent I have become a regular mud-larker.  The Thames Estuary is rich in fragments of history from Neolithic times to the present day.  I often take myself for walks along the foreshore and have amassed an interesting collection of ‘finds’.  I enjoy displaying these, playing around with them and … Read More

Listen

‘Curation’ – ‘Listen – you can hear the sea’ Like many artists and makers I am fascinated by found objects – both natural and manmade – but primarily those found in the landscape around my home. I am a compulsive collector – “a snapper up of unconsidered trifles”- and also of books, ephemera and artwork – drawings, paintings, prints and … Read More