I am loosely calling my new project Fragments at the moment. This is just a working title and I am just going to see where it leads me. Up until now most of my work has been on canvas and the visual play between the work and the viewer, but how we judge what we see has been the main focus. With this project I am moving away or at least creating work alongside the two-dimensional.
Fragments is starting with a collection of pottery shards and other items found in the soil near my home yesterday. I was amazed at how many I found and the variety of designs, colours, materials that were randomly scattered on the surface. They are not valuable but still fascinating snippits of our social history. I have taken a lot of photographs and these are just a few to show you. The central fragment has the word Keiller on it and after a little research found that it was from a marmalade jar circa 1892. I found this out with such little effort, I could have just judged it by it surface and not found out more. But that is what we do most of the time.