Archaeology & Art

Although I occasionally stray into other areas (eg the WW1 commemorative exhibition in Shrewsbury Museum last year) my work is primarily focussed on pre-history, the Bronze Age in particular. With this in mind, I pulled a book off the shelf that I'd only dipped into before, but now wished I'd paid more attention to earlier!

The focus of my time on the AA2A scheme is print - mostly (but not exclusively) on ceramics. This was an area that I'd previously only touched on, and I decided that a starting point would be to brush up on techniques of printing on ceramics & do some test pieces before venturing into applying myself to being creative. This was in part reliant on co-ordinating my availability with that of the print demonstrations for students - easier said than done, but I was finally able to join in with two of Pip Gittings' demonstrations. Then followed the processes involved in getting my images prepared for my silk screen - which of course entailed two other departments, including using a computer which I couldn't access because my pass hadn't been available. It took forever to sort that out! In the meantime I hadn't been idle - plaster batts & monoprinting sheets are now prepared, I've added to the list of tools to bring from home, (including a container for clay slip) and next week I should be able to start experimenting with layers, using several techniques.

Although this is all important, I don't want my work to revert back to my undergraduate days of being material led, so at the same time I've been thinking about what I want my work to say. Hence the book!

Having taken part in an archaeological dig in Hungary for several years, where we are peeling back layers of time, I've long had in mind to create work that is (a?) palimpsest. That word cropped up when I was reading the book I referred to - "A landscape is a palimpsest of indications of human life and experience..." [Renfrew C, Gosden C, DeMarrais E (eds) 2004 Substance, Memory, Display. Archaeology and Art Cambridge, McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research p17] In the first chapter Renfrew talks about the work of Antony Gormley & Richard Long - I haven't got any further than that because these stirred the 'creative juices' and I need to ponder before I go any further. I'm now wondering if I can fit in some 'land art' locally, possibly enlisting the support of some fellow artists (nothing to do with ceramics or print!) 


Enough of that - 


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