A perfect time - when summer weather brings ambient temperatures to earth and I find myself floating in the spaces between imagination and practicality, collecting inspiration, retrieving numinous facets from the world of the collective unconscious. I have a creative balance in my working day - in fact it is a 24 hour day of delightful discoveries as dream time is yet another surprising facet. I'm working with traces and trails of colours that reflect my journey and with the beauty inherent in the simplicity of fragments and discarded objects, found in the world at my feet, whether city pavements or along river banks and shorelines.
It's in line with the philosophy of arte povera, that emphasises the importance my own guiding principles of intuition, imagination and innovation. The things I make are rather like maps that are made after the journey. For me, the importance is mainly about the journey, although saying that, it would remain uncharted if not for the making.
I'm coming to favour a cross over from papier-mâché in the studio to papier-mâché in the garden or on the allotment. Certainly to be used as a mulch later on. For now I have used it in the form of corrugated cardboard as a weed suppressant as a first layer on the beds. I may also try it as a temporary wall to hold the layers together.