This month we are presenting our work in progress at the ATS interim exhibition from 21st – 28th January at The Art Yard in Cradley Heath. I have been going through a period of intense and prolific making – reading and exploring the ideas that are opened up to me, trying to figure out what it is I’m getting at, and also making work for a new round of Sketchbook Circle. My ATS preoccupations are definitely informing my Sketchbook Circle ideas, and vice versa.
Anyway, it has been suggested that I should stop making and start selecting in preparation for the upcoming exhibition; try to choose a few pieces which illustrate my thinking. So here’s (some of) what I’m thinking.
All things are engaged in writing their history…Not a foot steps into the snow, or along the ground, but prints in characters more or less lasting, a map of its march. The ground is all memoranda and signatures; and every object covered over with hints. In nature, this self-registration is incessant, and the narrative is the print of the seal.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1850)