Trees & Roots II

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) – also very recent) 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 29 cms wide and number VI (Blasted Trees) will be of similar proportions but horizontal rather than vertical) as is colour (two further screenprints with embedded woodcuts (probably numbers VIII and IX)  are planned and will be in tones of blue and green respectively).

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