Ah I'm excited about this one. I'll be working on four (three now!) large landscape canvases for the Hidden Histories exhibition in September.
Here are my words to go with the paintings:
"I was fascinated by some of the historical artefacts
chosen from Derbyshire Royal Infirmary and the City General Hospital. Some were
exquisite, some alarming, all heavy with stories.
The eye-test card was the perfect object to work from. I have
had corrective eye operations in the past, and consequently a long history of
visits to the opticians, struggling to decide whether one lens was clearer than
Sight is my most precious sense. The window of
the soul, facing the world, through which the world returns the stare. The card
signifies communication to me; visually recalling a beacon, or a powerful light
source. In much of my work I include the aerials, memorial towers and lighthouses
dotted around our wilder landscapes, beacons of communication themselves. The
lighthouse is the guidance, the hope when our eyes falter."
Here's my first painting - of Godrevy
Lighthouse in Cornwall. The canvases are 120cm wide and will dominate the space
within the corridor off the main entrance at the hospital. I want to make sure
the paintings have impact, whilst their light is warm and inviting.