Lost in Execution: Nexilis

Nexilis is the Latin word for woven together or intertwined. In this series `nexilis’ refers to the visual weaving of physical watercolour strips with the digital strips; the intertwining of physical and digital media. The weaving of the physical and the digital is a theme that runs throughout my work. 

Nexilis describes the process of working from physical watercolour through to the manipulation of the physical as digital objects, finally returning to and integrating the physical with the digital. The watercolour elements of the piece are painted, then torn into strips. The watercolour strips are photographed and manipulated into digital objects. The digital objects are used as the foundation of a series of abstract images.




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Shown above, the underlying image is an A2 digital print overlaid with physical strips of water-coloured paper. These are the strips originally photographed and used to generate the image upon which they are now placed.

In the next image, I explore the effect of desaturation by reducing the colour palette. I apply filters to make it less paint-like and more photographic. The circular exploration of pattern and chaos continues.

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I am interested in the idea of reflection and this is present in both the way I think and the way I work. I have a cyclical approach; focusing on something and then leave it, return later, expand upon it, and then move on, a process that may continue indefinitely. The blend of chaos and pattern attempts to describe a search for balance.


The sets of posts and planking running down the beach to the sea are an intervention in a dynamic system. They stand in the flow of sea and shingle and change the way it moves. Eddies of shingle build against them, flow over them and are battered against them by the sea.

Each post top is a uniquely identifiable element in this system which I have observed, recorded and compared over a number of years. The post tops, like portraits of a person repeated throughout their life, are not only beautiful but provide clues as to the condition of the system.

There is often a tendency to hold on to the idea of permanence and not recognise change that happens gradually over an extended period of time. Gradual change, often unobserved is a core element of this work and acknowledges how the `natural’ world is changed in a managed environment and provides a perspective of change and the requirement to maintain an intervention in a dynamic system.

This work records the necessary tenacity of life and any structure on the beach in the intertidal zone, the dynamics of changing systems and the impact of coastal management.

The reference number on each image designates the Groyne number and the year the picture was taken.