I like the idea of re-purposing things to make drawings. A few years ago i used the inside covers of cloth-bound books which would otherwise have been thrown away. But i realise i haven’t explored palimpsest opportunities more thoroughly, despite having a plans chest drawer full of old newspapers and letters (note to self - do this!). The drawing shown above though, is at least made on some vintage greaseproof paper from the 1930’s - found in the drawer of an old dresser when an elderly relative died. It was a surprisingly pleasing surface to work with!
Sometimes i set out with an idea i want to try out, sometimes i just start by putting pencil to paper and seeing where it goes. This is one of those. I launch from my source material, but no preconceptions, no agenda, no real thinking - just playing. (Image shown is cropped)
♻️ We are celebrating #GlobalRecyclingDay with our current installation by Jean-François Boclé ‘Everything Must Go’, 2014. 🌍 The piece features a sea of 97,000 blue polythlene plastic bags, now synonymous with current aims to ban #singleuseplastic . Boclé originally created the piece as a quasi-memorial to lives lost at sea during the transatlantic slave trade, air inflating the bags to symbolise the priceless commodity that is life itself. 🌎
I was commenting today about how i used to keep an ideas notebook but none of them ever materialised because, although they were interesting, they were so far outside my practise, they just seemed ‘alien’.
Ideas which develop directly from process seem more true to my ‘voice’. That’s why i have been finding these fragments of drawings i have been making so useful - relatively speedy records of ideas and small enough to try new things without censoring - like this stitched piece!
Hi Friends, We Live in an Ocean of Air is going live less than a week now! The new project is a multi-sensory journey that traces the inhalation through lung, heart and body; and the exhalation, as their breath brings life to the forest around them, with human and tree united in one collective rhythm.
Earth has experienced up to ten mass extinction events. Nearly all have been caused by an imbalance between oxygen and carbon dioxide: too much oxygen and things get cold; too much carbon dioxide and things get too hot. In an age where excess carbon dioxide is fuelling climate change, the act of a simple breath can engage us with this cycle in a uniquely intimate way, and in doing so help us reflect on our dependence and responsibility to the Earthlings we share the planet with.
It may also re-engage us to the 2700 litres of oxygen laced blood that circulates our body each day - and to the indebtedness we owe to the fallen autumnal leaf.
Come and join us in this journey at Saatchi Gallery, London
7th December - 20th January
Tickets available now OceanOfAir.com / link in bio
The installation created In collaboration with Natan Sinigaglia natansinigaglia and Mileece I'anson milee.ce
A small taster of how bad photos used to be before you could just delete them...it was exciting getting your visual statements back from the Chemist...this photograph is from possibly the worst roll of film I've seen...so bad They're good