Well it's been a busy week installing work and taking work to a local commercial gallery. I haven't had much time to visit the field but look who came to join me when I was drying some of my last finds. A beautiful peacock butterfly landed long enough for me to take this snapshot. I am still washing and examining more intriguing fragments and doing a bit of research at the same time. I found an interesting article which discusses why pottery shards were used on arable land. It seems it was a common practice to improve the soil. My query is where does all the pottery come from and why is it so diverse? More research needed I think. Another problem I am facing is I am not sure if the land is common land or who the owner is. I have contacted two possibilities at the moment but not having much joy. I am a bit addicted to collecting the fragments now so don't want to any problems using them for my work. To anyone who may be reading this I hope you have a lovely weekend and I will catch up with you next week.
After yesterdays finds I was inspired to find out a bit more about them. This is an image of the whole marmalade jar. If you are interested more in the history of the pottery company that made it I have attached a link below. http://www.maling-pottery.org.uk/index.html
Now this is not at all remarkable it was common jar and I only have a fragment of the original but it shows that if you really want to find out more about anything you can. You can see further than what is in on the surface.
Intrigued by such a variety of finds I went to the field again and there were even more unusual artefacts. They have no value and if I thought that I was interrupting some sort of important archaeology I would go to the authorities to declare my finds, but it is just a piece of wasteland where people walk their dogs. The field has been cleared recently and nearby they have started building new houses so perhaps this is the fate of this piece of land too.
You might be thinking at this point, what has this go to do with art? Well I have no pre-existing idea of the final outcome of my work, which is how I think it should be, but I do know these fragments of our history and the little clues they give to the reality of our everyday existence is my main focus. If the viewer only sees a small section of the surface what can they know about the whole picture? Getting a bit deep now and I don't want to get too much into any sort of philosophy at the moment.
I found some unusual pieces today and not just china. Here are some pictures to keep you up to date. Let me know what you think.
Do you ever have those days when nothing seems to be sparking in your brain. Creative juices have disappeared and you just want to sit and do nothing? Well I have had many of those days, and then all of a sudden you end up having lots of new ideas and everything seems to be inspiring you. I am in the fortunate position of having lots of ideas at the moment so I thought I would start off my new blog with one of them.
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.