ebb and flow
Walking along the Thames shoreline it’s easy to find small fragments of broken bricks, bottles, clay pipes, as well as countless rusting remains of the Thames shipbuilding past. Some of the smaller pieces I found were wired onto larger pieces of driftwood collected from Rotherhithe, they were positioned temporarily along a local wharf to reunite them back to their resting place. The continual ebb and flow of the Thames tide both reveals and conceals layers of London’s history; this project aims explore historical narratives through reconfiguring human traces left by the decaying Thames barges in the form of driftwood reliefs that celebrate the beauty of what was found. To see the pieces in situ visit 'ebb & flow' in 'projects' where there are photographs of some of the pieces that have evolved over time near the Thames Barrier. One of the larger pieces was also included in the group show First Wave The work of 20 artists, created as a result of Covid-19. Since that exhibition I have been experimenting with Thames mud mixed with plaster to conceal and reveal pieces collected from the edge of the shoreline.
My small pilgrimages to the edge of the Thames became more frequent this year. The harsh industrial landscapes are almost colourless, a mix of horizons from the bridges crossing to the far edges of the estuary.