Mixed Media -
Indian Khadi paper, gesso, water colour, pastel, charcoal, engraved perspex and Indian ink
99cm x 77cm. 2014
'In a World Bare of Men'
Charcoal & Graphite Drawing. 2013
114cm x 114cm
'Where the stones roam again free'
Charcoal & graphite 2013
90cm x 90cm
'But inside each one'
Charcoal & graphite. 2014
89cm x 89cm
The 'Mor' collection developed after the serious lower level flooding in 2012. At that time we were living on an upper level peat moorland in the Yorkshire Dales and experiencing 'bog bursts', where the rainfall just runs down the moor like a river. Listening and reading the environmental reports, I experienced the importance of maintaining a healthy upper peat moorland.
Having grown up in the Calder Vally, West Yorkshire, I was very aware of the poet Ted Hughes and the 'Remains of Elmet'. I read the poem 'Grouse-Butts' and realised the connection with compositions that I was working with, to highlight the environmental relevance of the UKs peat moorlands.
I gained permission from Ted Hughes family and Faber & Faber, to use the poem in this way, and was successfully awarded a grant by the Arts Council England to tour the exhibition. The work was three years in the making.
'The front-line emplacements of a war nearly religious-
Charcoal & graphite. 2013
''For the grouse who grew up to trust their kingdom'
Mixed Media - Indian Khadi paper, gesso, water
colour, pastel, charcoal, engraved perspex. 2014
95cm x 98cm
'I see a hill beyond a hill beyond a hill cries the hen bird with imperious eye'
Charcoal & graphite drawing, with engraved perspex overlay 2014
Each scroll measures 138cm x 57cm
'A grouse-butts good for grouse.'
charcoal & graphite 2014
114cm x 114cm
'Let us prey'
This charcoal & graphite drawing with an engraved perspex and ink over lay, is concerned with predators and the natural food chain. The moorlands are home and 'market garden' for the wildlife, where food is not always plentiful.
114cm x 150cm 2015
Water colour and charcoal dust. 2015
90cm x 90cm
Charcoal & graphite 2014
90cm x 90cm
Mixed media - Indian khaki paper, gesso, charcoal, ink, watercolour, pastel. 2015
96cm x 98cm.
'Half a hectare at a time' 'Nitrate rich ash' 'Springs new growth'
All three panels are mixed media - Indian khaki paper, gesso, water colour, charcoal pastel. 2015
Each panel measures 30cm x 30cm
'Peat preserves the past'. 'Recreational footpaths'. 'Water Tumbles Beneath the Trinnacle'. 'Cotton Grass of Blea'
These are just four of 10 charcoal & graphite on paper scrolls, that state the relevance of Peat Moorlands.
Worked from 2014 -2018. They measure 57cm x 138cm except for the 'Trinnacle' which is 114cm x 150cm
Water is crucial to life. A healthy upper peat moorland soaks up the rainfall like a sponge, to retain and gradually filter the water through to the underground water tables, or Victorian reservoirs via naturally flowing river beds and streams, as shown in the 'Trinnacle'.
The growth of Cotton grass and sphagnum moss are healthy to the moorlands. Sphagnum moss can store up to 5 times its weight in water.
'Recreational Footpaths' has the Simon Armitage poem 'Puddle' from the Stanza stones, carved into it, which is about rainfall.
'Peat preserves the Past' has the Lindow Moss Man, bog body in the bottom. Trapped at levels with in a metre of peat lay archaeological finds from Saddleworth Moor, Oldham. Peat grows at a rate of 0.5mm -1mm per year, therefore this meter of peat indicates 1000 years in it's making.
The peat moorlands are hugely beneficial to the existence of life not only for water collection but acting as carbon sinks, to clarify the air that we breath. Peat moorlands are equivalent to the rainforests and I believe, must be conserved.
Crossley Gallery, Dean Clough, Halifax, West Yorkshire. 10th October 2015 - 4th January 2016
Gallery Oldham,Oldham Cultural Quarter, Lancashire. 5th March - 4th June 2016