Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Isn't it iconic

After doing my 'relics' of wood, cloth and stone on Monday, I had some pieces of wood left over. I didn't want to throw them away so I've been thinking what else to do with them.

I woke this morning at 5.00 thinking "the seven stations of the cross". I didn't know what they were but I'd heard of them.

I'm still intrigued by the idea of a contemporary take on religious iconography and relics.

So I decided to make seven little icons. Something I could get done in a day.

As I searched around for material to use as the bases, I wondered if perhaps it was nine stations of the cross.

I went to the library to do some research.

Turns out there are FOURTEEN stations of the cross! And there are variations on what the fourteen are. Huh. So much for getting it done in a day. Or at all.

I decided to pick my top five stations (the ones that actually referred to the cross) and just do those.

It all turned into a bit of palaver, to be honest. But that's another story.

In the end I settled for fragments of scripture, pieces of wood, a splash of blood (well, red paint) and a sprinkling of gold dust.

I think I might be done with this Easter thing.

Now I've got five of these pieces that I don't know what to do with. They are 6" by 4", paper, wood, paint and gold dust on card. Signed as well.

If you would like one, email me your address and I'll post one to you.

Monday, March 29, 2010


How confusing is Easter?

I really don't get it ... Shrove Tuesday, Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, Palm Sunday, Good Friday, Easter Monday, Lent, Holy Week. And whatever else I've missed. Mothering Sunday, perhaps?

I'm not even going to attempt to shoehorn in the Easter bunny. Or chocolate eggs.


I've spent the day making small Easter gifts for the people who support me as an artist.

While I'm not a big fan of religious festivals, they can act as a frame to hang some ideas on.

I put together a piece of wood and a piece of stone and wrapped them in a cloth on which the word "commemorate" is written.

"To commemorate an important event or person means to remember them by means of a special action, ceremony, or specially-created object."

I simply put them in a jiffy bag and popped them in the post. No words, no explanations, no definitions, no instructions. Hopefully they will cause a moment of thought, consideration, reflection. Maybe more than a moment.

I like the idea that there can be so many layers of meaning, significance, story and interpretation to a simple piece of art.

I've kept one piece back for myself and I'm going to use it as a "sacred relic" to focus my thoughts and intentions over Easter weekend.

I'm pleased I've got them done and posted in time for Easter. I tore up the cloth and wrote on it this morning, and then I spent most of the rest of the day walking around collecting pieces of wood and pieces of stone. I sat in a coffee shop addressing envelopes and then sat in the car packaging them. Now I'm here in the Library writing a blog post and taking a photo.

A productive day.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

More about the studio ...

The studio in London is a 3 storey building in Southwark (central London) made available by Richard and Clifford Burt at - paper merchants. They do a brilliant job at supporting artists and the arts. A BIG UP to them!

The Studio's fab, by the way. Here are some pics ...

Hello Blog

Busy working in the London studio. Not in writing mode - not even in my journal.

Focussed on getting 2 commissions completed and delivered.

More to follow ...

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