I have completed a sketchbook for the Sketchbookproject in Brooklyn at a pivotal junction in my art practice. After significant years working on experimental and cameraless photography in the Darkroom I am now developing work on abstract paintings using a variety of media.
The sketchbook shows developmental photographs and paintings: drawing with both light and colour. The main themes are related to air, land and sea. Although abstract in nature, it is clear that there are also images that are unrelated to the main themes but that have equal standing in my thought process.
There was no preconceived idea about how the sketchbook would turn out but rather a series of ideas as the book developed and I began to look back at photographs completed in the darkroom some time ago and the recent paintings. I began to feel like the go-between of these two medias. It is also clear that there were many alterations in the book. I would stick in a picture and write about it, then tear out, re write and re organise.
At the end it is still not apparent how my work will develop but I am happy with the outcome thus far and driven to explore further. As Picasso said ‘If you know exactly what you’re going to do, what’s the good in doing it?’
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