BOOK OF HOURS I & II. 2020 – 2021.     

Book I. LYING FALLOW 2020.   Book II. A COLD FRONT 2020 – 2021.

Nearly 800 mixed media playing card images with gold leaf numerals in two cotton rag books.

Closed book size: 420 x 315 x 38 mms.

 

NEWS!

The original Book of Hours I & II are being exhibited at Saxmundham Library, Suffolk until 27th May 2022.

See Saxmundham Library website for opening hours

An Associated Film and Microsite are on at The Art Station, Saxmundham can be seen @:

www.theartstation.uk/exhibition/book-of-hours/

 

 

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. Precious hours expanded, creating unfettered time to sustain focused work. But the ominous tensions and acute sadness became increasingly oppressive. My work mimiced the severe restrictions imposed upon us by retreating into small, meditative and wandering paintings on playing cards. Within these intimately scaled works I could abandon destination or judgement. These painted meditations inevitably included political & social references as the pandemic unfolded. However, although loosely chronological, Book of Hours is in no way a diary.

Looking back at the many images now – all made within the framework of Covid, I had perhaps been exploring the meaning of identity, being human and our connectedness across time, place, culture. But who knows – although the books are now complete, interpretations will continue to unfold.

A Book of Hours I & II microsite linked to The Art Station will soon be complete and include all the painted images in these two books with notations.

It is hoped that a limited bound and boxed edition of Book of Hours I & II will be produced, complete with reference booklet. 

 

*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.

 

Book of Hours I, 2020-2021. Detail with Figures. Double page, 18 mixed media painted playing cards on cotton rag. Double page size: 420 x 630 mms.
Book of Hours I, 2020-2021. Detail with Figures. Double page, 18 mixed media painted playing cards on cotton rag. Double page size: 420 x 630 mms.
Book of Hours I, 2020-2021. Detail with Sand Timers. Double page, 18 mixed media painted playing cards on cotton rag. Double page size: 420 x 630 mms.
Book of Hours I, 2020-2021. Detail with Sand Timers. Double page, 18 mixed media painted playing cards on cotton rag. Double page size: 420 x 630 mms.