Live drawing for specific locations and events inviting conversation and interaction with viewers which contribute to the text frame around the drawing.
We All Draw Symposium
Oxo Tower, London November 2015
Three day drawing as part of the We All Draw Symposium hosted by Drawing and Cognition. Thank you to everyone who played the "transform your mistake" game especially those who also gave me their line to follow
Blue Moon 2015
I was invited by Elspeth Owen to create 13 drawings using 13 shades of blue (caran d’ache supracolour chosen by Elspeth) in honour of the Blue Moon of July 2015 for the closing event of her year long performance as Material Woman entitled ‘On the Off Chance’.
Over two weekends I drew under the sheltering branches of a laden walnut tree, sometimes serenaded by a nightingale, chatting with visitors and inviting them to contribute to a collaborative drawing.
A Blue Moon occurs when there are two full moons in the same calendar month.
Murray Edwards Fellows' Garden
Cambridge Chelsea Fringe - June 2015
One day live drawing in front of the Persian Ironwood (parrotia persica) planted by Horace Darwin in land now the Fellow's Garden of Murray Edwards College (formerly New Hall).
Using colours cited in the botanical description of this beautiful tree at different times of the year, I drew one circle for each year of Horace's life ~ 77 years in all.
Horace was Charles Darwin's youngest son, a civil engineer he is often cited as being Cambridge's first tech entrepreneur. I managed to gather a range of information about Horace ... many dry facts of course, but also little windows into his life; his achievements and his passions including letters to and from his father and mother. These texts formed the frame around the drawing.
The year 1915 I drew using a 6B pencil - this was the year Horace lost his eldest son, Erasmus, killed in the Second Battle of Ypres.
The drawing has since been accepted into the New Hall Art Collection of Women's Art which is based at Murray Edwards College (link)
'Admitting the Possibilities of Error beside the Persian Ironwood (Parrotia Persica) planted by Horace Darwin 1871 - 1928 using colours cited in its botanical description, Murray Edwards College Garden' June 2015 59cm x 59cm
Cambridge University Botanic Gardens
Cambridge Chelsea Fringe, May 2015
Admitting the Possibilities of Error beside (and in honour of) the Cambridge Oak using colours suggested by 42 people asked to choose one colour to draw a tree, with accompanying historical timeline sourced from Wikipedia on May 29 2015
The Cambridge Oak was planted around 1873 making it 142 years old. I drew one circle for each year of its life. The tree has developed a fungal infection and is now dying. A graft was planted on Cory Lawn in 1991 and is growing well.
Wellington, New Zealand
Performance Arcade Live Art & Music Festival 2015. Waterfront, Wellington New Zealand
Admitting the Possibilities of Error in Wellington, 57 hours drawing using pens and pencils donated by businesses and individuals many of whom transformed a remembered (positive) mistake into food, transport, clothing, plants, animals, or colours
115.8cm x 115.8cm - drawing now in a private collection following a silent auction in aid of Performance Arcade