Chalk Ground installation


Yesterday I spent the day at St Margaret’s church in Cley-next-the-Sea installing my work ‘Chalk Ground’ and I’m very happy with how it looks. I never know quite how things will be until the work is in situ and often something unexpected shows itself as it is put in place. In this case it was the light.


It was a bright day and the sun was pouring through the beautiful window above. I knew that the fine wires hovering over the top of the ‘tubes’ would catch the light but I hadn’t realised how much the work would change as the sun moved westwards throughout the day.


In the morning shafts of sunlight highlighted the lefthand side of the work and as the hours passed the light gradually moved along the 2 metre work, accenting or leaving in shadow different sections until finally by late afternoon the sun had moved away and the work was in the shade.



I love to work with the specific conditions of a space and to be able to manipulate the work to fit the setting. In this instance I added more wires to increase the shimmering miasma above …… the beautiful light was a very welcome and serendipitous addition!


13 thoughts on “Chalk Ground installation

  1. Margaret Earle

    Hello Debbie. Wow ! We will be staying in Blakeney later this month and can’t wait to see you work in the flesh. We love that part of Norfolk and are regular returners Margaret

  2. Sharon Young

    What a beautiful setting for your piece, I really like the way the wires catch the light. Congratulations on being showcased in the latest embroidery magazine.

  3. Sue Czapska

    Love this work, it’s stillness, it’s echoes of chalk cliffs, and of some simple animal life from the shore. And as a photographer I appreciate you comments about how the moving light adds to the life of the piece.
    I came across Theo Jansen’s work a couple of days ago. I expect you are familiar with it but if not you might like to look at it. Although it is kinetic it has in common with your work the feeling of something organic and open to the elements on the shore – in this case the wind which moves them.

  4. Joan McQuillan

    Love the play of light on those beautiful tubes and the cast shadows but the sparkle on the wires is just superb. Well done Debbie, having watched this journey with great interest and know the sites used – wonderful interpretation and presentation.

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