It maybe to do with the years spent living on a small island, surrounded by sea, or it maybe something to do with my new ‘English’ landscape and those misty Wiltshire mornings, but over the last few months, I have become obsessed by the horizon – that point beyond. On the other hand it might be nothing to do with either my past or present environment but more connected with my own on-going internal conversation about how the materials, and the processes can help inform an outcome.
From my earliest magnetic and compass experiments, through to this new series of horizontal line drawings I have always seen my work as a series of visual comments – a dialogue between the materials and the natural forces at work.
For me, there seems to be a sense of ‘rightness’ about this new work that excites me on both a philosophical and a conceptual level - an interconnectivity that starts to take, what at first seems to be a very simple idea, somewhere else.
I like the idea that the rainwater sitting in a bucket outside in the backyard, like the sea, is also being influenced and affected by the gravitational pull of the earth, and has also found its own horizontal level. So with this in mind, I take a piece of paper and dip the paper perpendicularly into the water.
Depending on the quality and thickness of the paper and the amount of times the paper enters the water one is able to create a whole range of different types of watermarks. And then, by turning the paper the other way around and repeating the process one recreates that horizon – that tension and equilibrium where ‘heaven’ and ‘earth’ appear to come together while at the same time creating a ‘true’ horizontal line.