This show is an exploration of the coastline. Documenting immediate reaction to location pinpointed by the reality of coordinates with plein air sketches. This discipline expanding into studio practice with contemplation and reflection of environment and energy.
As the body of work evolved a flow of narrative emerged. I found myself navigating through the wild hedgerows of tangled thoughts. There is a raw beauty and energy with startling contrasts in that tangle where all is embraced and considered. I felt a sense of loss and shame when society’s intervention brutally stripped the thorns and stings clear in these green walkways, I tried to reassure myself with the idea that this allows opportunity for those less dominant a chance to thrive. Sacrifice to embrace new growth.
Direction was influenced by the desire lines of previous footprints, choices subconsciously made, crossing the land and each other, some heading in opposing trajectories, others parallel hand in hand. Collectively created but so often walked alone. Thoughts meander dipping in and out of the hedgerows, contemplating the sense of balance within image relative to the symbiotic relationship between man and land.
Guided by nature and diverting my course inland, the sea claims the well trodden paths and shrinks the coastline. My anticipation of destination delayed as new options unfold. Paths are taken with unknown avenues. Experimentation in artwork, exploring the fluidity of image making, with contrast and balance overlapping image and thought. There is a thrill of the new, being borderline lost with an underlying yearning to get back to the familiar, the coast and the reassuring ebb and flow of the sea.
Finally I find myself on the shoreline, sand between toes, filtering my thoughts out to sea, trusting them to the glassy currents that snake across the water and towards an infinite horizon.
50° 7' 25" N Ceramics by Jake Boex
5° 26' 19" W Paintings by Imogen Bone
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