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Reaching Out

It has been a real struggle finding local glass working facilities. Having done an AA2A residency at De Montfort University Leicester in 2018 I  had hoped to work with their brilliant Glass Technician, Jill Ellinsworth again but unfortunately this would […]

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QR Codes

Came across an old article on the ‘National Museum of Scotland’ using QR codes as a way of getting visitors to better access and engage with their collections. It got me thinking how I could somehow incorporate QR codes, especially […]

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Monkey Business

As there are so many great animals to choose from and research for potential connections, my choices are a bit random. I feel like I am spinning a wheel and waiting for the dial to stop on a particular species. […]

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Animal discoveries

Seven bizarre animal facts that I don’t yet know what I’ll do with Each tiger has individual stripe patterns Tarsiers have eyes the same size as their brains A seals’ flipper resembles human fingers Corals are animals Cow urine is […]

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Happy Reading

Fruitful conversations and online research have lead to quite the reading list! I’ve begun “Museums in the Climate Emergency” by Steve Lyons and Kai Bosworth and by the time I finish that I believe I’ll have myself an argument or […]

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Fruitful Meetings

It’s been quite a week! I feel I’ve made lots of progress although admittedly much of it has taken the form of scribbled notes, sketches and thoughts ripening into ideas in my head. It was good to touch base with […]

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Ecology NOW

This A-N Bursary Time Space Money will allow me to work closely with Lapworth staff responding innovatively to the museum’s fossil collections. It will enable me to explore the environmental potential within my work through collaboration and learning new techniques.

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Is Nothing Immediate?

I’m interested in the notion of Nothing, and what nothing is? I imagine that when I look into darkness or pure black, the absence of light is the boundary of the universe, creating a memory of what it was like before Being. My […]

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SILICON

“Silicon is the eighth most common element in the universe by mass, but very rarely occurs as the pure element in the Earth’s crust. It is most widely distributed in dusts, sands, planetoids, and planets as various forms of silicon […]

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EXTREMOPHILES AND OTHER CREATURES

“It’s life Jim – but not as we know it!” may be a famous mis-quote from the TV series Star Trek in an episode[1] of the sci-fi drama which explored the existence of a previously unknown life form. The story […]

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A BRIEF HISTORY OF ROCK

To start with it seemed to me that in this complex world, my rock was literally a solid base on which I could anchor my thoughts – as Richard Dawkins says: “In the beginning was simplicity”; before anything else existed […]

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ANIMISM AND TROVANTS

“Animism is the belief that objects, places and creatures all possess a spirit or soul. Believers in animism potentially perceive all things—animals, plants, rocks, rivers, weather systems, human handiwork and perhaps even words—as animated and alive.” It is said to […]

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THE ORGANIC BRIDGE

So I freely admit, I seemed to have become a bit fixated on my rock for all those years. I had clung to it through thick and thin, couldn’t seem to get it out of my mind. It had become […]

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THE MILLER-UREY EXPERIMENT

“Chemists have tried to imitate the chemical conditions of the young earth. They have put these simple substances in a flask (water, methane, ammonia, and hydrogen) and supplied a source of energy such as ultraviolet light or electric sparks. After a few weeks […]

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IN THE BEGINNING WAS SIMPLICITY

Richard Dawkins in The Selfish Gene[1]  describes how he thinks life began on earth: “In the beginning was simplicity… Darwin’s theory of evolution by natural selection is satisfying because it shows us a way in which simplicity could change into […]

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TRYING TO ACTIVATE MY STONE

Cont’d from last time: “Sadly my frog is definitely, permanently dead.” But maybe my rock is not dead – it just appears to have no life. Some years ago I visited artist Andy Holden’s exhibition, Laws of Motion in a […]

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AN ENCOUNTER WITH A DEAD FROG

A hazy blue stillness. Nothing moves. Until a sudden ripple disturbs the soupy water, stirs the suspended particles. Powerful legs propel the creature through the water and paddle madly as the alarmed frog attempts to secrete itself in a dark […]

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DEAD OR ALIVE

In the coronavirus age when, we learn, a virus is neither dead nor alive; when scientists can create and manipulate biological life, technology creates artificial life, and inanimate objects often appear to take on a life of their own, the question is, “What is Life”?

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Tuesday + Wednesday

Tues 21 May It’s hot already so I make an early start and head out east towards the cemetery (an old family habit). It is huge, scruffy and busy. Shoulder high wildflowers sprawl across the site, littering the paths, choking […]

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Sunday + Monday

Sun. 19 May Start the day with breakfast in the garden and S, who runs the hostel brings us warm cheesy dough pastries straight from the bakery, greasy and salty they are ballast for the day ahead. His lovely wife […]

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FRESH AIR!

Every now and then the generous people at Martyr’s Gallery in Lewes offer an opportunity for an artist to take over their space for one of those very special, no-expectations, no-strings-attached developmental residencies. Their version of this amazing gift is […]

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Take me to the moon

Take me to the moon I recently went on a day trip to Margate specifically to go and see before it finished the Katie Paterson and JMW Turner ‘A place that exists only in moonlight’ exhibition at the Turner Contemporary. […]

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REDUCE, RE-USE, RECYCLE

I sort of feel as if I should be making more effort to save the planet. I’ve been thinking about it in my work for quite a while – how to use more environmentally methods and materials – but actually there […]

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