By the addition of collage or textures to its surface, a canvas acquires its own ‘history’ before receiving the final layer of paint. This reflects the multi-layered nature of our lives which are constantly changing, according to time, place or circumstance. Glazes can highlight or mask previous layers, allowing or restricting access to what has gone before.
I am currently making images inspired by childhood memories of the river Thames around London Bridge and Rotherhithe. As the Thames tides ebb and flow they hide or reveal fragments of the past, mirroring the ever changing face of the metropolis. The resulting exhibition will be shown at the forum in June this year.