Monday, 14 December 2009

Paper Work

Ive spent part of the week in the studio,not in the studio but on the phone and doing paperwork. Arts council funding applications, pricing, research and quotes.

I believe I now have a number of options as far as sourcing metal and getting it welded is concerned. Over the next few days I will visit a framers to get a quote on the pieces of the picture frame and then I will have to wait until the end of January before going all in dependent upon the Art Councils response, although this idea is only the first of many I want to work on during my time at Spurn

The following pieces of text/ locations are works in progress.

1. facing the humber - "Drains a fifth of England"
2. Looking into the mudflats - "1msq = calorific count of a mars bar"
3. (sea defence) The last Vikings departed from here
4. (Tank Ditch) "One of only two left in Western Europe"
5. on the beach - Wilibrod leaves to convert the Friezians
6. The only documented breach
7. High and low lights
8. Rail track

More work required and a further plundering of Andrews knowledge.

Thursday, 10 December 2009

Spent a little time on this in the studio today. I will leave it for a few weeks to see how it reacts with the metal, all things being OK. I will complete it or start again. I will shot blast one of the others in the meantime.

Saturday, 5 December 2009

Back in the Studio and Back to Work

Back at the studio I unloaded the van of the bits and pieces retrieved from different parts of the point and started by chipping off the concrete from one of the rail shoes.

I only had a couple of hours to work on all of this before leaving for a meeting and then returning to work the following day, so it would be the better part of a week until I returned to the task of cleaning these up.

The wood needs to be left to dry otherwise it will split, the shoes need to be shot blasted and then polished, I thought, possibly gold leafed and turned into an object of value? Something about the heritage of Spurn. As the policeman who stopped me on Spurn, whilst I was loading them into the van, said "you better bring those back, that's our heritage" and yet there they were lying in the bushes almost forgotten about, except by Andrew.

All of this made me think about Spurns heritage and someway of working with the idea of the museum, ordinary objects made into relics somehow?