11 Apr 2011
I am hard at work on the final PhD show. So far, I have done a third of the installation work and most of the exhibition drawings. The Selkie theme has re-emerged in this last phase. It was incomplete when I started the PhD so I continued to the work on the themes in Skin Deep. But after that performance I put the Selkie’s to one side and didn’t expect to come back to them until after completing this study. However, while I was considering what to do for my final show, June Tabor sent me her wonderful new CD “Ashore” and on it was a track she had recorded for my Selkie work. Suddenly I could visualize how to proceed using the dance piece I directed for Skin Deep, footage of seals on Ynys Enlli, of the sea at Criccieth and the Llyn Peninsula and one of the Selkie drawings I did on Enlli rock in 2008. So the work spans 3 years, and covers the length of Wales from Blaenau Ffestiniog to Ynys Enlli to a beach in South Wales.
In mid October 2011 the School of Art at Aberystwyth will show the work as a curated exhibition of drawings framed and shown in a traditional white gallery space, while the adjacent gallery will become a black box with projected videos showing the process of making the drawings and the source material.
Spanning traditions and forms, swimming between time and tide the show will pool the principle methods, materials and approaches I have been exploring and working with during this period of research.