Wow! What fun it was to meet friends old and new as I joined other artists across the region, and opened my studio doors for the first time this year as part of Cambridge Open Studios. The studio was the perfect place to escape the intense heat of this glorious summer, and never looked better than when full of people looking at the work, chatting, laughing, or just hanging out on the sofa. It was lovely to see you all - thank you so much for coming x
But, hold on, there's more! The most valuable part of the experience, was undoubtedly the opportunity to make some new work. I have been working intensely for the past few months, and with no masterplan in mind, started exploring the materials of painting (paper, paint, ink etc.,) in the same way I would approach the exploration of found objects and materials in my sculptural practice. The result was an unexpected joy at the qualities of paint on paper - the rips, tears, drips and edges, as exciting as any imposed subject matter. Even more thrilling, it would appear that others liked them too, as I waved goodbye to a number of paintings, and saw them head off with smiling owners to their new homes.
Thoughts, works, adventures and responses from the studio and beyond