It's been a rather busy couple of months down here in Cornwall. Much has happened and there have been a few exciting changes, not least of which was my move to be closer to Tim and The Good Ship Albacore. I am now happily settling into my new life living in a (former!) cowshed, deep inside what we like to call 'The Forgotten Triangle' of Cornwall. It is a place of magic, and with signs of spring bursting into life all around me, it has been extremely difficult to force myself inside and onto the computer. I am feeling revived and inspired by my new surroundings and itching to put pencil to paper to begin work on a new set of drawings. I will come back here soon with new tales of this beautiful hidden corner of the county and life on the boat, but before I get carried away talking about it now, I must momentarily take a sort step back in time to February and the group exhibition I participated in shortly before I left Falmouth ...
The exhibition took place at The Poly in Falmouth and included myself, Amy Goodwin, Lucy Kerr and Irene Vidal. As artists, our work is very different, so we wanted a theme which we could all work within and which would give the exhibition deeper meaning and clarity.
After some discussion, we chose the words 'On This Day'. The idea behind this theme was that each of us was to create a piece of work which would depict events in history from the day of the exhibition, which was 17th February. These events could be historical, fictional, or even yet to happen, but the key thing for us was finding further links, or coincidences between the events and the work. To tie these ideas together, we each created our work and then produced 'artefacts' which were displayed under glass as if in a museum. A timeline was then created showing where and when each of these 'events' took place, with the 'artefacts' exhibited as evidence. Four 'coincidences' between the events were described. These were 'Circle', 'Hydrogen', 'Miraculous' and 'Truth'. For more information on the exhibition and each of the artists involved, there is a facebook page here from which further links can be found.
For my own contribution to the exhibition I chose to continue with my own work of the Siren and the Sailor, creating a new story and a fresh set of drawings from the old. After some investigating, I discovered (or remembered?) that by great coincidence, the 17th February 2012 had been the day that Tim and I first met up after we both moved back to Cornwall. It was perhaps forgivable then, if a little romantic of me, to take liberties with that date and fabricate a tale of how he crossed the ocean and washed up at my feet ... Playing with truth, story and memory is, after all, what I do best.
... I shall post that story and the resulting drawings shortly. Until then, enjoy these images from the exhibition.
I am a ...
... Teller of Tales. A Creator of Books. An Artist, Illustrator and A Boatbuilder. A Professional Daydreamer, Occasional Mermaid, and always The Eternal Optimist.