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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.



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