BOOK OF HOURS I & II. 2020 – 2021.
Book I. LYING FALLOW. Book II. A COLD FRONT.
Over 740 mixed media playing card images in two cotton rag books (each approx. 370 images). Closed book size: 420 x 315 x 38 mms.
The 30 second preview above forms an introduction to Book of Hours I & II. Each Book comprises over 370 mixed media images on playing cards*. Book II is still being developed. Together they form an extensive visual meditation devoted to recurring themes, curiosities and events that Lockdown initiated.
Severe curtailments in our lives bought about by the Covid-19 lockdown produced an endless order and repetitiveness to my daily life that became almost monastic. The precious hours expanded; so suddenly there was unfettered time to sustain focused work. The ominous tensions and acute sadness became increasingly oppressive and restrictive and I found myself creating very small, meditative and wandering images as an ‘aside’ to the completion of larger, challenging projects. Within these intimate scaled works I could abandon destination or judgement. Such meditations have inevitably included some political & social references that have unfolded. But although loosely chronological, this is not in any way a diary.
Unknowingly, looking back at the many images now, I think that perhaps I have been exploring identity, being human, being here. Who knows? As the images still unfold, so of course, does the interpretation.
Each book will include an appendix to support the images and together cover Lockdown into later 2021.
*See also the use of painted playing cards in earlier work made during The Burgess Shale residency that explored ancient evolutionary life: Stains & Guts and Hiking Log 2009.