Saturday, 22 October 2016

Book with no pages

Book with No Pages (study)
bookwork (threaded)
materials: cardboard, silk thread
18 x 18 x 18cm

Two identical pieces of cardboard form the jacket of this book work. Stitched into the jacket are a square and a circle with the same area. When opening the 'book', a threaded drawing unfolds joining  a square and a circle. Squaring the circle the content of this book unites two incompatible concepts.

Link to more versions of 'Books with No Pages'

Sunday, 9 October 2016

Saturday, 8 October 2016

The Topography of Tears by Rose-Lynn Fisher

"[...] a study of more than one hundred tears photographed through an optical microscope. [...]"

Thursday, 8 September 2016


Hatched has been commissioned by Amy Johnson Festival for their exhibition 'Da Vinci Engineered, Renaissance Mechanics to Contemporary Art'.
On display 2 July to 21 August 2016 @ Zebedee's Yard, off Whitefriargate, Hull
link to catalogue

A two-dimensional drawing 'hatches' into the third dimension: A stylized pair of wings is drawn/stitched on a horizontally suspended sheet of acrylic glass using black waxed thread. This 'drawing' builds the matrix for a bundle of invisible threads joining two acrylic sheets above our heads. Sewn to the vertical threads, a three-dimensional pair of wings (mohair) unfolds.

The fleeting shadow of the wings - it fluctuates with the light and weather outside - works as the counterpart of the steel weight at the bottom of the installation.  

2-D 'hatches' into 3-D; Plato's Allegory of the Cave comes to mind.

The base - acrylic glass sewn with nylon and waxed braided thread, steel plate (weight)

Mohair stitched to a matrix of nylon threads.

dimensions: 150cm x 40cm x 295cm (w x d x h)
materials: acrylic glass, nylon, waxed braided thread, mohair, steel plate

Saturday, 2 July 2016

Da Vinci Engineered

HATCHED [images] has been commissioned by Amy Johnson Festival, Hull, UK

Da Vinci Engineered, Renaissance Mechanics to Contemporary Art, is on display in a specially constructed gallery in Zebedee's Yard, off Whitefriargate - from 2 July to 21 August 2016.

Exhibition pics

"Twelve faithful reproductions of Leonardo da Vinci’s flight and wind machines loaned by Da Vinci Museum, Florence, demonstrate the remarkable prescience of this great artist and his engineering genius. Alongside these Renaissance machines, specially commissioned and selected works by contemporary artists respond to ideas of flight or explore the use of engineering in their conceptualisation, design or production.
This fascinating exhibition, curated by Lara Goodband, reminds us that the creativity of the engineer and the inspiration of the artist are two sides of the same coin of human endeavor and innovation."

Monday, 25 April 2016


Salt works by Motoi Yamamoto
“Salt seems to possess a close relation with human life beyond time and space. Moreover, especially in Japan, it is indispensable in the death culture.”
(Mourners in Japan are often sprinkled with salt after leaving a funeral in order to ward off evil)

More on the story behind Motoi's work: link to video
More images: Artists without borders album

Monday, 18 April 2016

Textbook - on display

TEXTBOOK is part of the semi-permanent display at Leeds University's new Gallery - Treasures of the Brotherton - as the example of artists' books in their Special Collections.
Details and opening times

This bookwork has been commissioned in 2007 on the occasion of a Special Collections exhibition at the University Gallery Leeds, curated by John McDowall and Chris Taylor as part of "pages", a project supported by the Arts Council of England.

Friday, 19 February 2016

Thursday, 11 February 2016


A site-specific installation as part of SETTING OFF at RED Gallery Hull
22 Jan – 21 Feb 2016

Water ripples projected on suspended drafting film and on surrounding walls. Seven film sheets form an arch between a pool and the skylight above
dimensions: 2.7m x 70cm x room height

A wooden frame and pond liner form a silent musical instrument. Water acts as the medium conveying the message. Light projects water ripples on the suspended drafting film and on the surrounding walls as enlarged drawings in motion.

The video below shows projections of dripping water on sheet one to four and then the entire installation.

Tuesday, 9 February 2016


One of three site-specific installations currently shown at RED Gallery in Hull exploring the space, light and materials.
Threads of mohair wool connect floor and skylight 'drawing' three separate layers in the space, more or less curved. The walls reflect the red. Matt paint on the floor records the motion of visitors as they move about this piece. The space is about 4x5 metres and 2.2 metres high. 

Saturday, 30 January 2016


Aufbrechen (Geman)  
1. to break; to break up; to force open
2. to set off; to start; to leave

4 sheets of black glass (20 x 30cm each, broken), sand (ca. 300 x 360cm), piano wire, light & shadow

link to more images

Four black glass panes lie or float on a bed of sand. While the first glass is whole and embedded in the sand, the following three panes are broken into ever smaller fragments. This group of shards lifts off the ground whilst getting more and more chaotic - as if all wanted to become sand again.

photo: Glynis Neslen

This installation was part of Setting Off @ RED Gallery, Hull, Jan-Feb 2016 -  just weeks before RED's building at Osborne Street was demolished.
                                                                                                                                       Updated January 2018