I've been spending a good deal of time in the far corner of South Beach, Studland where a terrific amount of movement is occurring in the cliff due to the heavy rainfall over the last months. I've been pondering change over geological time: deposition, erosion, changes in sea level...and I've saved a few stages in an ipad drawing in which I've used layers of photos of exposed cliff taken on site.
The warmed flask of rabbit skin glue allowed me to mix pigments on site. I didn't need to use brushes. The connection between the hands and the materials is strong: dipping my hands in the ooze gathering in deep pools at the base of the slumped cliff was particularly deliciously silky in consistency. I can remember the feel of each of my materials.
The works I'm building are echoing the natural processes of deposition and erosion. I'm developing pieces charged with suggestion rather than description: the original deposition - clouds of coccolith settling in warm seas, the subsequent raising and wearing away.
This digital platform offers a forum for me to reflect further on what informs my material practice.