Chapel of Hairy Flatness.
The main focus of my practise is catching pigments in animal hair. My interest draws on the physical properties of fleece and the ways in which it can be manipulated. Working with unprocessed fleece keeps contact and directness with the animal and closeness to the point of transference between viewer and material. These ideas of transference are developed further with formulations of materials made from my local surroundings to produce colour and smell. Through innovative research into weaving and other textile art practices brings materials together in conceptually dynamic ways, articulating the concepts of Borders-Boundaries with focus on craft and fine art readings.
My interest in using pigment references the mark-making language of animals in landscape and sheep-marker in particular: an agricultural paint which codes animals through colour and mark signifying farm, ownership and the animal’s condition. Place is an influential factor in my work as it creates boundaries - borders that become more expansive upon closer inspection. As place and another area of boundary, Nantyffin Chapel offers a greatly nuanced position from which to develop new ideas about how influences and settings, in addition to many other contributing factors, affect our viewpoints. There is a particular interest in my local community in the new life of Nantyffin Chapel, connected intimately with village life as many residents have worshipped there at some point. The re-use of such a familiar landmark coupled with my work being seen as a form of agricultural diversification offers a wider community impact, a re-purposing of both place and
material within an art practise in the broader scope of valley life.
My interest in a position on the cusp of disciplines is how ideas of materiality affect cultural
readings and interpretations/antagonisms and how this is viewed through responses to physical stuff, cultural attitudes and readings of materiality.
Paul's exhibition, Chapel of Hairy Flatness was at Plas Glyn-y-Weddw from March to July 2021.
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