MOLE HILLS- FRESHLY WROUGHT
I recorded these yesterday - one on the headland a few feet from the cliff edge - the other in Old Nick’s Field (the long field on the way to Old Harry Rocks) just before I scooped them up into plastic bags. The field mole hill is also a few yards from the cliff edge.
I’m going to pot them up and water them and watch the chalk land plants grow. Moles sift hidden matter from the dark and they deposit it on the surface where it can meet the light and germinate. I’ve also found that the soil in mole hills is beautifully sifted and it is good to incorporate into my work.
Anybody who knows the terrain will be surprised to see a person on the Foreland. He is an art student from The Slade School of art (called James I think) setting up an installation. The other figure is a photographer recording the event. This morning he was still there.
I’m exploring ways of drawing on these chalk grounds. They receive graphite beautifully of course- I returned this piece to the cliffs yesterday and added just a few lines with an HB pencil.
DECEMBER 1st 2012
LAYER UPON LAYER- building on surfaces using layers of chalk and ground cliff.
Earths do not fade. However as you can see the changes (irreversible chemical changes) occur upon heating.
Beginning to explore Judy’s input: making gesso using the rabbitskin size and warm cream stained chalk from the corner of South Beach and the Old Harry cliffs.
27-28 OCTOBER: research in studio of Judy Wetherall: a practitioner, lecturer and conservator in gilding and decorative arts.
Focus: Earth colours: mediums, supports (gesso and gesso grosso), binders.
IMAGINED: EELGRASS ON A HIGH TIDE.
As a result of reading a description of eelgrass ‘meadows’: http://www.crd.bc.ca
TWO PLANTS - living within a few yards of each other by the sea in Studland:
VERTICAL MARRAM GRASS -
ABOVE WATER/ STRUCTURED / DEEPLY ROOTED/ RESISTANT yet Flexible -
HORIZONTAL EELGRASS (Zostera marina) a perennial flowering plant that lives in salt water.
BELOW WATER/YIELDING/ RESPONSIVE / FRAGILE/ TIDE DEPENDANT-