fotographie, gouach and graphite on A3 black paper
This area has countless oyster fishing boats and huts. The huts are mostly black in colour and all quite similar but are often personalised in some way. They are endlessly charming. A few of them were burnt down and left in a pile of charred wood and rusting metal.
I decided to take some detailed shots as I'm fascinated by the way rust creates its own form of beautiful and rhythmical abstraction like many other elements in nature.
I decided to use the rust images in a collage; to change them further. Also I had recently bought a second-hand book on Hans Richter which I had been flicking through. In his late abstract work he makes a series of collages in a variety of mediums using a wedge-type curving shape and it is this similar shaping that I used to create my piece as it seems to have a living, directional quality to it.
I often name my artworks after I have made them. This is because I don't make too much representational art and very abstract pieces are difficult to name because they are so indirect. So this morning after weeks of looking at the end product on my wall I decided to name it Shoal as it reminded me of the rhythmical spacing of fish when they swim together and this name also takes the piece back to where it came from which is the realm of the sea.