I’m about to start on a new body of work and it’s going to take a lot of time. My drawings take for ever to do. It’s not just that the drawings that take a long time, it’s also that the work requires a lot of preparation and research even before making a mark. A lot of the time my research doesn’t bare fruit as finished works of art (n fact, the majority of my work ends up as unfinished and abandoned) but this is how it is for me and this is my way of working: so be it. I work within my means and so this will progress slowly as time and money allow. 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.
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.
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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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