This body of visual artworks focuses upon the exploration of a rural landscape through its pathways and boundaries. The word ruderal describes a “plant that grows on waste ground" (Hanks, P. (1986) Collins English Dictionary). It is this plant life sited at the edge of my walking that inspires my imagery.
The intention is to capture a fragment of a landscape traversed with paths that were once utilitarian. The undergrowth now submerges evidence of their antiquity. The plants are bruised and torn bearing evidence of a passing presence and the passage of time; they signify connections between my journey and that of others. These paths have their own narrative.
Using the methods of the botanist, I collect and press the plants. I have a fascination for the natural world and the museology of the Victorian era. The printing press exposes the complexity of the plant structures embossing the detail onto the paper. The prints suggest embedded fossils where the fragility of the minutiae is visible. The secondary prints present like engravings.
A movement in a screenprint reflects the motion of the passer-by or use of a watercolour drawing evokes the ephemeral qualities of the plants. Each technique is purposeful, detailing the permanence or temporality of the plant. Out on the path I draw as I walk, with the sparsest of mark making, I map the journey.
This is a documentary of a landscape at ground level not the panoramic.