I have been on holiday in Italy for the past 10 days and I am now back, refreshed and rearing to go! Before I left I found the time (between setting up Chinese Whispers and packing) to sew 15 eyelets into linen, fold it as if it were a book and saturate it in salt water. It has been ‘cooking’ whilst I was away and it is nearly done – although it’s still a bit soggy in the middle and I will probably feed it a bit more so that it oozes.
This is the beginning of a new body of work that continues my exploration of materials and processes to express a sense of place. Again the work revolves around a coastal environment and the natural processes of change that occur there. In this instance I am particularly interested in the sense of touch – How do we explore a place? How does it feel? What do we remember of the touch sense after we have left? How can a small object make a haptic association to place?
I’m starting simply. I love holes – I like sticking my fingers into them to explore the inside. These small works will have holes – deep holes, big holes, little holes, a single hole or many holes – they will make you want to explore and touch them. If you do, you will have that wonderful salt residue that you often get after a day at the beach left on your fingers – if you lick them what do you remember?