I’m about to start on a new body of work and it’s going to take some time. My drawings seem to take for ever to do. It’s not just that the actual drawings take a long (they do take an extraordinary amount of time and I never feel that I have very much to show for the amount of effort I make); it’s also that I tend to work in a way which requires a lot of preparation and research even before making a mark. A lot of the time my research doesn’t ever bare fruit as finished works of art, and the majority of my work ends up as unfinished and abandoned. I sometimes return to subjects after long periods of time of not working on them. The May 1917 air raid (the so-called ‘Great Folkestone Air Raid’) is something I’ve repeatedly returned to and which I imagine I shall continue to return to for years to come. I’m about to begin work on a new body of work about this subject.
Here are some images of work which has already seen the light of the gallery space and which I hope will be given more opportunities to be seen in exhibitions in the future.
This piece is called: “They looked like silver birds. The sun was shining on them…” The title comes from words of an eye witness account of seeing the German bombers high up in the early evening sun light and remembering that they looked like silver birds. It was selected for The 2013 Jerwood Drawing Prize and it has also been shown in other exhibitions, including: ‘Telling Stories: Hastings’ (in Margate as an off-shoot of an exhibition at the Hastings Museum and Art Gallery curated by the writer and artist Cathryn Kemp); East Kent Artists’ Open Houses; ‘Remembering: We Forget’ (The Sidney Cooper Gallery, Canterbury), curated by Hazel Stone; and at the Pie Factory gallery space in Margate.
I hope this work will be shown in Folkestone one day and I also hope that this new work, which I am about to start work on, will have a chance to be seen there too.
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If anyone out there happens to have any family stories connected with the air raid I would love to hear from you!
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