Walking and Thinking

I’ve been making movement drawings this week; recording my path through life in little hand made books. I’ve finished reading The Old Ways by Robert Macfarlane, and have started About This Life: Journeys on the Threshold of Memory by Barry Lopez, along a similar theme; exploring ideas around how landscapes shape us and enter our imaginations.

Stitching also seems to be important at the moment as a way to express ideas about movement through physical and internal landscapes; the thread weaving in and out in a single unbroken line, even though it can’t all be seen. I’ve started a series of mixed media pieces based around textiles and paper collage, recorded daily, like a diary, alongside the movement drawings. 

Wandering… wondering… walking as an essential component of thinking, collecting thoughts and ideas and weaving them together…

Exhibition

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)