Over the next year I'm doing teacher training at the Institute of Education, so of course my studies are my main priority. Mostly. I've decided this year artistically i've got the opportunity to concentrate on research and sketchbook work as I begin to build up a new body of images. I'm in the early stages of an exciting collaboration with a composer, Alexander Thacker, where we're looking at some writing by T.S Eliot, and for me it flows thematically very nicely from my previous series on the Fischer King.
|After the Bear Mountain Picnic, papercut|
My layered woodcuts are very time consuming, so I'm experimenting with layered papercuts for the next few months. Naturally there's a bit of Matisse going on there, but i'm trying to transfer the drawn nature of my mono papercuts into more complex structures. Combining the line with the colours. And of course, I'm not working in bed with a nice assistant to help. The composition below is one I've used before. The bear Mountain picnic in the title refers to a Bob Dylan song. I enjoy the contrast between the apparent serenity of the image and the chaos of the subject matter.