So - recently I have been thinking about how it is important to put some context into my work and to explain why it is I make the images that I make. My current body of work could easily be seen as a desire to draw something pretty and floral which is part of the reason but not why I begun with the latest set of prints.
I am naturally quite a reflective person - sometimes too much some would argue! And because of this I tend to internalise experiences that are then transformed into art. This has taken me through different ideas about identity and my industrial home town to name but a couple.
Around 3 years ago I started to think about places that I love to visit and how my memories are linked to those places. I started to collect photographs of these places and they all mainly seemed to be nature or landscape inspired. All of them had some strong memory or emotional attachment to them which tended to be a good emotion and a time when I remembered being peaceful and mindful of my environment and not caught up in the manic every day traffic that life had become as an adult. It started to feel really important in my artistic life to focus on these moments - to try to grab them and draw them!
Its not often ( I have found) as adults that we take the time to do nothing and just be in our surroundings. So this idea grew to be an interesting project that I was keen to pursue.
I thought I might share some of the stories behind a few of the prints that I have already made........
'Foxgloves in The Garden'
This print came about from a strong memory of playing in the garden when i was about 9. We had just moved house and the garden was a wild overgrown space filled with foxgloves. I would sit on the ground and study them. My mind would wander and I would be fascinated with their colour and shape. When I saw this photograph that my dad had taken I was instantly transported back to that feeling of being lost in the garden and taking it all in. I also liked the angle from which the photograph was taken as this was my view of the foxgloves when I was sitting on the ground looking up.
The source image for this print is from a family holiday in France - which may seem obvious from the title.
At that time my mum had just turned 60 and we all embarked on what would turn out to be one of the best family holidays ever! My husband, Me and the boys along with my Mum and Dad and my lovely Brother and Sister in Law went to the south of France for my mum's 60th.
We traveled by bus and made lots of overnight stops on the way, even taking in Paris. It was one big adventure that was a fantastic rest and a lovely family time. Pretty much every where we went though we saw these flowers - they are a large bush like plant with beautiful bright pink or red flowers and for me they became a reminder of the holiday. I was also very much taken by the pattern and detail as they interweave their stems and leaves together.
There are similar backgrounds to each of my prints and for now I am going to continue developing the idea as I have got many memories to explore!