‘Ghost wood, 2017’ is a response to place and experience, the cornerstone of my creative practice. The work aims to capture some sense of my experience of place; the old woodshed in the meadow, full of cut timber, with tree branches reaching down over the roof. The work hopes to make comment to the irreplaceable value of trees, and the failure of humanity to respect their vital role, in maintaining balance in this fragile world. I am thinking of habitat, protection, shade, oxygen aswel as beauty. By using trees as a disposable resource, mankind is destroying woodland and forest across the world without due care to the irreversible damage being caused.
The painted canvas presents a monochrome, ghostly x-ray image of the forest wall, vertically dropping to the floor in contrast to the horizontal, severed birch trunk with its silvered bark.
The work is informed by the research for my dissertation, focusing on the Sea paintings of Jessica Warboys and John Virtue. Jessica Warboys’ Sea canvas paintings are made on the beach, with the sea as her co-worker, to make ‘records’ of the moment. This resonates with my practice of working outdoors with canvas with the wind as my co-worker. John Virtue’s huge paintings, always in monochrome, are his response to place and experience, and his visions of the world, as he sees it.