Unnamed Territory

Woven Collage

50 x 53 cm

 

Woven Collage
48 x 49 cm

 

Woven Collage
102 x 120 cm

Woven Collage
66 x 63 cm

Woven Collage
36 x 36 cm

Woven Collage
36 x 36 cm

Woven Collage
36 x 36 cm

Woven Collage
30 x 28 cm

Paper Collage
50 x 60 cm

Woven Collage
64 x 94 cm

Woven Collage
57 x 57 cm

Unnamed Territory, a series of ten collages

Textile, Paper, Ink & Pigment

2015-17

These collages are the result of three years of life.  Imagine all those events, happenings, thoughts and feelings that occur over time and here is the result — an unnamed territory.    The textiles used to form the collage are as diverse in origin as those events, as is the paper and ink, originally from Japan.  These pieces have journeyed with me to India and parts of Europe becoming the diary of my soul.  Poetry, mark making, painting has been imagined on the surface at one time, only to be re formed into a new surface and landscape.  As life transforms itself endlessly, so these collages have morphed through many phases to settle here. 

Alone All One

These collages were inspired by a month’s travel to Japan to study Zen calligraphy with the lay monks of the ‘Hitsuzenkai’.  2 weeks were spent in Tokyo and 2 in Kyoto — they incorporate antique textile kimono and the brush calligraphy scrolls that were brushed whilst I was studying there.
Poem by Rengetsu — Buddhist Zen Nun

‘I feel the scattering blossoms

have taken away with them

my attachments,

and the stream sounds fresh

as summer approaches’

Bill Nighy Recording

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Sensory Journey

Sensory Journey — Arts for Health commission — Queen Marys Hospital, Roehampton

I wrote these words in response to this commission.  You, the viewer are invited on a journey, a sensory journey.  The beginning and end are interpreted by a white untarnished canvas.  The words run through the six panels in brush calligraphy.  They inspired the mood and feeling of the series.  The ward names, Rose, Sandalwood, Laurel and Lavender were chosen by staff at the hospital and these have been interpreted on different panels by the use of colour.  The colour used is pigment which is applied in a painterly way onto the canvas.  The paper leaves feature copies of original antique watercolours researched at the Herbarium at Kew Gardens and each canvas bears the apothecary’s mark of a bottle.  The canvas is formed by a collage technique incorporating fabric and Japanese paper which then becomes the surface to write, paint and stitch.

‘My breath is the wind that fills thee.

Light that would burn a thousand suns or cool a thousand moons.

Gentle vapours on whose current is the earth penetrated —

And space so huge that even the heavens were lifted.’

Bill Nighy Recording

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Freedom

This series of collages is simply inspired by an inner sense of freedom.  They are a collage of paper, oil paint and black ink on antique textile

 

 

 

Purusha

 

‘Him one should know as pure and immortal.

Him one should know as pure and immortal.’

The Upanishads

Bill Nighy Recording

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Zurich Collection

This collection was made for an exhibition in Zurich in May 2012.  Please contact me if you would like to see the entire series.

Listening Paintings

Listening Paintings 2012

A collage of antique textile, paper, oil pastel.
The text which inspired this series is from the Bhaghavad Gita.
‘Through the inner ear of a devotee I make my way into his soul and sweep it clean.