recent practice 2013

I keep on practicing but just can’t seem to get it quite right!?

Alongside the ongoing ‘Story of Bideford Black’ project with the Burton Gallery in Bideford, and experimentation towards an upcoming show at the White Moose Gallery in Barnstaple, my personal practice and research has been somewhat treading water since finishing my MA last September. Having been encouraged to put aside my work with local pigments during the course and explore something new (with some very interesting results it must be said) I have once again been drawn back to the earth, both through the projects mentioned above and also involvement with Soil Culture (a programme of events, research, residencies and exhibitions initiated by CCANW for 2014-15). While I appreciate the deviation and diverse input the MA provided I am still struggling to see how the more academic and conceptual ideas developed may be integrated in a positively sustainable way.

Here are some of my more recent misadventures…

bagful of somewhere, skern 12313. simple drawing; castle beach soil ball; roadside bundle, dale (p ward 2013) bagful of somewhere, skern 12313. simple drawing; castle beach soil ball; roadside bundle, dale (p ward 2013)

 embryo bundle; cordyline bollard tag; cherry blossom kerb; sod hole stack, westward ho! (p ward 2013) embryo bundle; cordyline bollard tag; cherry blossom kerb; sod hole stack, westward ho! (p ward 2013)

 stone top bundle; bundle of sticks in sheep dung ring, fallen bundle, northam, avebury bundle (p ward 2013) stone top bundle; bundle of sticks in sheep dung ring; fallen bundle, northam: avebury bundle (p ward 2013)

 a bundle of sticks at buckland filleigh house (p ward 2013) a bundle of sticks at buckland filleigh house (p ward 2013)

small patches of ground – traces, northam (p ward 2013) small patches of ground – traces, northam (p ward 2013)

a bundle of sticks at the british museum (p ward 2013) a bundle of sticks at the british museum (p ward 2013)

willow dome, broomhayes NAS (p ward & f owen, 2013) willow dome, broomhayes NAS (p ward & f owen, 2013)

sand drawings, northam (p ward 2013) sand drawings, northam (p ward 2013)

body paint, greencliff (p ward 2013) body paint, greencliff (p ward + f owen 2013)

shadows, greencliff (p ward + f owen 2013) shadows, greencliff (p ward 2013)

Maybe in some ways just to keep playing with ideas is enough, to at least to be still doing some art, (and of course reflecting upon it). To scratch in the sand on my local beach while I watch the world turn and the seasons change, to maintain contact with the source of my inspiration – my interactions with the animate world – to make simple and gentle interventions, reinventing my work and exploring again its potential influence in the world and to myself. To make and to find space to work and to regain contact with the community around my home. No longer trying to ‘save the world’ but more to provide a nurturing experience for any who may come into contact with it. Maybe more meditation than performance, more transient than objective, investigation than statement – whatever way is simply a manifestation of my own artful intent.

P Ward 2013

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