Reading Room

Association through chance arrangement; material for recollection, reflection.

The Reading Room

 

The Reading Room (2000-2002) had its starting point in the memory of a rainy afternoon sitting in the reference library in Berwick-upon-Tweed.  The library closed, was relocated but still seemed a fitting starting point for this work. It was no longer possible to return to the physical place. All I could do was explore the imaginary space.

So The Reading Room functioned as a framework within which to site an exploration of memory. It suggested a space for reflection, enquiry, and possibility.

 

Walking the Dog

 

Walking the Dog, a sequence of 9 images, began as a way of thinking about sending ‘postcards to a dead man’ (my father has been dead for some years). As with Salvaged and Common Ground, narrative, the sequential, and autobiography/life story were major preoccupations.

At this time I worked digitally, initially collecting and assembling ephemera: detritus, scraps of images, typographic fragments, and text, which functioned at the pictorial level as aids to memory, as chance encounters.

Tidelines


Tidelines, a sequence of seven images, is concerned with walking and collecting; beach combing. Something I often did on long walks with my father on the North East coast of England when I was growing up, and with my two sons on the South East coast where they grew up.

Lindisfarne, the location in which this work was made is extremely important. When I was young this island off the Northumberland coast, was a place to which I would retreat to escape the frequent anger and tension at home.

Tidelines was made over a period of seven days at the beginning of September 2001