The Artist Support Pledge is new scheme which aims to promote and support artists at a difficult time. The concept is simple: Artists who commit to the pledge will post images of a work that’s for sale on Instagram, for no more than £200 ($230), and each time their sales reach £1,000 ($1,155) they promise to buy another artist’s work for £200.
Selling certain works cheaper is an act of generosity on the part of artists in return for support. In addition, when an artist reaches their target, they pledge to pay it forward
The initiative was set up by Matthew Burrows to alleviate some of the stress the pandemic has caused to artists. The project, which he launched on his Instagram page, “was really a response to the current situation, a creative solution to how I might help myself but also friends and colleagues through this period, by utilizing the generosity of the arts community”
I currently have a number of works on offer (with more to follow) which can be purchased direct or through my Big Cartel site.
‘Ash Seeds’ (2015) evokes the ancient human significance of the ash tree and its fragility. The digital print is of constructed ice and plant material with seeds from an ash tree afflicted by Chalara dieback disease.
One of a series produced for Halse for hazel (Halse), a sequence of poems about trees, their languages and forms by Frances Presley (Shearsman Books). The images were reproduced in black and white in the book.
The collaboration took place during the final year of Presley’s project funded by the Arts Council and included research at the national collections of Kew Gardens and Wakehurst Place. Images and texts were exhibited as part of the exhibition ‘In the open’, at Murray Edwards College in Cambridge in 2015.
Aerial landscape 5 (2013) represents a view of Sussex showing a landscape delineated by boundary and colour where land meets sea.
The yellow of the rapeseed fields and light greens and browns are divided by the precise man-made geometry of dark green hedges.
I used re-cycled dyed leather where I transferred the colour onto the wet cotton pulp in order to fuse it with the existing pigment dyes.
The result is a work imbued with a feeling of nostalgia, a look back at the past from a position of borrowed time.
I created Invito sulla torre di Babele in the Accademia di Belle Arti under the tutelage of Fabio Bertoni who maintained that you can extract something from nothing by starting with the language of lines.
Using the story of the Tower of Babel I wanted to explore the idea of language emerging organically from a landscape.
Over the summer, I produced a series of paper pulp panels for a composite art installation. Each section will now have type added – recycled fragmented sayings and thoughts – using letterpress printing on a book press.
My new selling platform at Big Cartel is now live and includes a selection of fibre art pulpworks, etchings and digital prints. Click on the link to browse the artwork which will be updated on a regular basis. If you have any questions please get in touch – I’d love to hear from you.
Due to the current situation my upcoming events and exhibitions have been cancelled or postponed, including those listed below. Please check back for updates. I look forward to seeing you all in the not-too-distant future.
EARTH IS CALLING touring exhibition
1 – 30 September
INDEPENDENT HOTELS FAIR – CONCEPT LAB
4 – 5 October 2020
ANNUAL EXHIBITION OF MICROSCOPY (QUEKEX)
NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM
Cromwell Road, London SW7 5BD
My focus has shifted to invisible nature, micro pollution and micro fibre plastic. Current project, Earth is Calling, explores the issues through a series of fibre art pulp works, contrasting natural, organic material with man-made plastic fibre. In other works micro-photography, film and time-lapse are used to produce my outcomes. The project culminated in a large-scale exhibition at the Crypt Gallery, London (Oct/Nov 2019) for which the book below was produced. The intention now is to tour the exhibition while developing further work. Two venues have been agreed on so far.