Klankenbos Residency, Belgium - Optical Sound 2012
‘Klankenbos’ is situated in the district of Neerpelt in Belgium. It is part of the Musica organisation and has ten permanent sound sculptures set within a forest. My proposal was to create a painting that was inspired by these spaces and sounds. During my initial research I discovered that sounds and colours have a relationship. Both can be compared by their frequencies or wavelengths and audio tones or musical notes can be converted to the visual spectrum of light. My preliminary idea was to complete a painting relating to this, but after spending time by each sound sculpture I realised that there was more than a direct translation. The nature that surrounded each sculpture affected how the colour could be translated. In the silence a pine cone created its own sound as it fell on the sculpture; the ravens nested outside the canary installation and made a greater noise and the silence of one of the broken sculptures was only broken by the fall of the oak leaves around it. This inspired how I used the colour, not just by representing the sound of the sculpture but also by using the nature around them. A pine cone painted blue became the visual sound of not just the sound sculpture but also the forest, an oak leaf was painted red to mimic the sound of another and I made a nest for the sound of the nature by another. These were then installed in or nearby the sculptures and became part of their space.
The Forgotten Soldier is a reminder of those forgotten in the First World War. It is based on an anonymous photographic postcard of an unknown soldier. We can roughly date the image by his uniform but other that that we have no details of who he was, his personal history or if he survived. We only know what we can see by the image provided. The painting refers to the way the image and its history has been discarded and forgotten. As time goes by, that's what happens with images, we seem to forget that they are, or were part of our history. We become detached from its reality and the life that it represents. It is a fragment of a much bigger picture that we ought to remember.
Donated to the History Department, Madeley Academy, Telford.
Seeing in the Surface is my first major exhibition now open at The Brewhouse Arts Centre Burton on Trent.
The exhibition runs from 15 August - 20 September Preview and Social event details below.
Whilst on a trip to Barcelona I came across this colourful character. She was quite oddly dressed (but there I go making judgments already) and was having a wash, seemingly unaware of any passers by. I took a photograph purely as a memory of the moment and out of curiosity. Of course I have not shown the whole image here as seeing fragments you will be able to come to your own conclusions. If you had even less information or perhaps only one image would you be able to make an accurate judgment. Seeing, interpreting and judging the world around us without revealing more, does not give an accurate picture especially if that picture has elements of concealment.
It's been a while since I posted about the fragments, this is another project in development but a thought occurred to me today that it wanted to share. If we only look at the surface, how insignificant it can be. What if the surface is revealed, how much can be discovered. Judging the surface of society without looking further can be just as insignificant.
This aerial view shows the position of the crater for anyone wishing to see it for themselves. Park at The Cock Inn in Hanbury, Staffordshire and the crater and memorial is about a 20 minute walk away across the fields. You can just see the outline of the path around it in this image at A. It's a bit muddy at the moment so don't forget your wellies.
It's hard to imagine on a bright spring morning the terrible event that happened nearly 70 years ago. Nature has taken over the once barren landscape and the primroses and violets bloom again. But we shall never forget.