I have been working on photographing and drawing and painting grasses for nearly 5 years; I call it my Grasses Project, and over that time I have developed numerous ideas from drawing, painting, photographing and filming grass and how we humans interact with it, one of these is looking at paths…
Focusing on Paths that are created by humans and how we respond to animals tracks through grass-lands and fields:
paths that we create when we are forced to make to avoid obstacles
paths that we create when we want to take a short cut
paths created instantly when running through long grass
paths created through the contours of the land
I have been documenting these by taking a series of photographs and films…
This is now being developed into a project idea (I am currently looking for funding) which will be working with landowners in partnership project to formulate interactive responses to the land and the routes that we are creating and mapping on our landscape…
For the last couple of years I have been drawing and photographing grasses; fields, sand dunes, gardens and single blades of grass.
It has made me think deeply about how we respond to grass; as a source of fuel, documenting our travels and journeys, defining status and power and challenging our perception of what we believe.
Out of this exploring of how I feel and think about grass, its energy, the power it delivers, political position and what it gives us when we see fields of grass for the first time, it is now time to develop various participation projects; looking at how others respond to grass, looking at a sense of place, mobility, energy and solitude.
…had a wonderful time away up in Welshpool, staying in a converted barn at Tynllwyn Farm, the area is stunning, rolling hills, sweeping fields, historic building littered everywhere and endless inspiring scenery.
Ray my partner & I took all three dogs – the boys, Basil, Bryn and Qi – it was quite an adventure – puncture before we even got going! But it was lovely to see my lovely aunty Sonia and check on my mum & dad’s graves in the incredible location of Maesgwastad Cemetery in Welshpool.
I have been struggling with my art, for months but I ploughed through my sketch book page after page doing pencil sketches of the landscape, some memory ones too – while we were still at the cottage… I also got the Nikon out and took loads of photo’s – still struggling with light!!! Basil modelled for me as he bathed in the sunshine – he also did an incredible thing when I went over to my Nan’s grave to put a pot of daffs on it he laid right on top – I got rather choked – but raised a smile to my Nan – she absolutely loved dogs and had all waffs and strays in the house.
So now feeling inspired again – so now planning a larger piece of art work from the sketches I have done from the trip – so keep you posted…