Connections

I’ve been in the studio everyday recently making new work. I normally have several things on the go at a time and between all the stitching, painting and general making there are quiet times where I’m waiting for things to dry or when I just need to think.

Last week during one of these quiet periods I sat down at the window and with Radio 3 playing and a cup of coffee in my hand it was an opportunity just to look, to sit still and to be.

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The tide was almost at its lowest point and water was still draining slowly out towards the sea. At low tide the main waterway in the channel is on the side furthest away from the studio, towards the northern bank, and tidal action has recently moved mud and sand so that it slopes down towards the bank on which the studio sits.

The water was falling away from the channel in small rivulets that rippled around and about sculpted sand and mud. Twisting and turning they merged and parted before finally coming together again in a smaller secondary channel to continue their gentle journey out to sea.

I drew this movement.

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And then drew again.

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Trying to capture the gently flowing lines of water moving.

And then on the radio I heard the Dolorosa from Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater (you can listen to it here). This is the most beautiful of pieces and one I listen to often. Hearing its beautiful contrapuntal lines I couldn’t but connect the movement of the music to the movement of the water in front of me.

So often I perceive music to be a visual art and I see its rhythms and spaces and melodies in my mind’s eye. But it is rare to make such a direct connection between what I can hear and what I see in front of me. I wouldn’t have thought of Pergolesi unless it had come on to the radio at that time, nor would I have associated it with the diurnal ebb and flow of the tide. I very much enjoy these infrequent moments of understanding.

4 thoughts on “Connections

  1. Marian Roberts

    Lovely piece of music Debbie, can just imagine how good it would be to listen to it in your studio. Thanks for sharing. Marian.

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  2. Lynn Delaney

    I can so.., identify with that as I sit as mesmerised as ever by the tides retreat
    here on Newport Bay , North Pembrokeshire.This week it has been even more dramatic as the Nevern has had to
    drain a copious amount of floodwater coming off the Preseli Hill’s too.
    Being here is like visiting a “ never ending story”!

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  3. Eileen Coates

    I also am grateful to you for writing about your creative process.
    I have been thinking about the problem of how to suggest the sound of water for a piece I am making. On a related theme, I came across this exhibition at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge ‘Seeing Sound: Music, imagery and inspiration’. 

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