The main collaboration of this work is that of an agreed starting point with a sharing of images produced and regular discussions carried out via SKYPE. This sharing is allowed to influence any work produced as we discuss our methods of process and production, new paths are chosen, visited paths are redefined.
My working process is to move naturally between the production and manipulation of physical and digital media. Therefore I applied this process to some of the physical work produced and shared by Nigel Bird, the other artist in the collaboration, with his agreement of course.
And so another production path reveals itself where the physical media is not my work, but I apply my repertoire of digital processes creating new images in response his comments, his production techniques and our discussions of process.
My exploration of the divergent paths involved the production of a video which traces the creation and removal of paths of salt. The base was a dry point Intaglio print produced using other elements created during the exploration of process.
The flow of table salt forms opaque white lines that follow and then intersect elements of the base image. These lines form patterns and cross-hatching until they obscure the image while presenting echoes of the structure.
The video progresses with the salt being intersected with lines; first using rubber-tipped shaper that create furrows in the patterns in the salt. Brushes are then used to remove salt and reveal more of the underlying image: sometimes clearing narrow tracts to the image below and other times to leave thin, translucent layers of salt through which tints of the image are glimpsed.
The rhythmic movement of covering and then revealing the image moves towards the hypnotic and suggests parallels with the methodical revelations of archaeological digs.
“Everything else that could have happened, and many things that did, are cast into shadow as one path is chosen and followed.”
A Path is Chosen
The work continues to develop along a number of paths, branching with possibility. The selection of two pieces to show in the Summer Open Exhibition offered a `pause point’ and the opportunity to combine visual materials chosen from the various branching paths explored. These included materials produced using digital line exploring the base image of the sketch plan, manipulated photographic images, Intaglio prints and gelatine mono prints and images of the gelatine mould itself.
The pieces shown in the exhibition are:
A Path into Shadow
An Intaglio print collage, combining digital and physical media. Size 297 mm x 420 mm
A Path Chosen
High-quality digital print. Size 297 mm x 420 mm
Both pieces combine divergent exploration of the material produced based upon the original sketch plan.