carbon Land

Carbon land 2018 pencil on paper, fluorescent paint, batons, magnets,

This work was started in 2017 with a series of photographs of a burnt woodland area near my home. I began photographing and recording the changes that I saw happening , the different plants colonising the burnt areas. In fact this project which is still on going lead to several different works being made with plants and weeds Fleabane 2019 ( barcelona ) and Echo 2018 ( avignon )

The area was completely divvied of colour immediately after the event and was itself like a drawing. So this was my starting point. I took images passing through the space and although the photos were the basis for this work I wanted to work with what was missing rather than what was there. The photographic quality of the drawing felt like crawling over the surface but also gave the work a sense of time. Fire is shocking because it is so destructive, destroying in seconds things that have taken 60 years or more to establish .Whilst this is part of the forest cycle here this particular are was started by someone in three separate places.

The fluorescent sticks and lines were about this idea of fragility and space of something missing. They hold up the paper on the wall ( or seem to ) and prevent you from getting to close to the drawing. This work was made for a show in Avignon – Parcours d’art avignon 2018 Cloitre Saint Louis. I made oval panels to be shown above the work there to use the altar like end wall .

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