Over 100 days, colour and mark making were explored to produce two book works and 100 small paintings. These small works (10cmx15cm) are presented in two sketchbooks. Each piece is inside a glassine envelope, mounted onto its own reference page with the formula used to make the piece and colour mixing notes.
Two reference books were used. The first 75 colours are taken from The Secret Lives of Colour (2016) by Kassia St Clair which tells the story of 75 colours through history. All mark making is taken from A Nomenclature of Colors for Naturalists, and Compendium of Useful Knowledge For Ornithologists. (1886) by Robert Ridgeway, Curator, Department of Birds, United States National Museum.
A series of slides from travels in the U.S., Europe and Egypt between 1987-1990 have been scanned, printed and were exhibited as postcards. Exploring memory as a medium, visitors were invited to share words, poems, memories, and stories (factual or fictional) that might be inspired by the images.
“When pictures are taken, the intention is often to keepsake a memory — of a time, a place, or people we care about. They hold our stories in place, like Wendy Darling’s stitches reconnect Peter Pan’s shadow. Due to the passage of time, many of these images have lost their stories. Perhaps some stories that have lost images can be found here.”
Medium Memory invites visitors to contribute to the work through their own memories, or through stories, poems, fact or fiction.
A Bivariate Map made visual connections between selected passages in Darwin’s On the Origin of Species with the Old Testament of the King James Bible. A Bible concordance was used to locate each word in the selected phrases and these words were highlighted with white gesso circles and joined with free-drawn pencil lines. A table of contents listing the words indicated the location of each word within the grid. Additional words not in usage in the King James version of the Old Testament were added into the spaces in the margins, highlighted, and included in the contents.