Trees & Roots IX

Trees & Roots

Trees and Roots is a new body of work which I started making in July 2016 which looks specifically at a combination of form, structure, and surface texture in relation to trees but, even more specifically although not exclusively, trees with externalized / above ground (even aerial) roots based on my own photographs (either digital or 35mm black and white film).

The first two works in this series are a photo polymer etching and a photo etching on copper (made during a Summer School at the Slade) whilst the third is a mixed media acrylic painting made in May 2017 at the Hastings Arts Forum Gallery at St Leonards-on-Sea during a solo show called Black, White & Splashes of Colour in which numbers I and II were shown for the first time.  Number IV (finished February 2018) is a screenprint with two layers of woodcuts embedded (between layers 7 and 8 out of 11!) following on from experiments I carried out during the last quarter of last year.  Number V (Silver Birches) comprises three separate monotype screenprints.  The dimensions of these works are also important (numbers IV and V, for instance, are approx 103 cms high x 39 cms wide whilst number VI (Blasted Trees) is of similar proportions but horizontal rather than vertical) as is colour (two further screenprints with embedded woodcuts (numbers X and XI)  are in tones of blue and green respectively (approx. 84 cms high x 64 cms wide). Numbers VII and VIII are very small being Blasted Trees charcoal drawings and charcoal and Indian ink “rubbings” of the woodcuts respectively.  Number IX (finished May 2018) has multi-coloured sectional background overlayed by a single photograph and shows the Millenium Bridge (Tate Modern) together with Silver Birches and again is large (103 cms high x 59 cms wide). Numbers X and XIII (both screenprints) are finished whilst I continue working on XI and XIV (also screenprints – the former with embedded woodcuts). Number XII is large ceramic (Terracotta) scuplture (made in two parts to be stuck together after firing). XV (a large reduction woodcut with added screenprinting) is in the final stages of planning and work is about to commence.  The number XVI will be another screenprint whilst the number XVII has been reserved for a set of three large photographic digital prints.

The two “triptychs” Silver Birches and Blasted Trees were shown at arts@thecrypt in Seaford April/May 2018 as part of a Linchpin group show.

In case you’re wondering, the numbering system is purely sequential / chronological and of no other consequence!