THE LAND OF COUNTERPANE


counterpanebedfullviewcounterpanebedeggmaidencounterpaneAn installation for the four poster bed at Newark Park commissioned by The Open West 2013. Newark Park has a spectacular setting overlooking the Gloucestershire countryside, and made me think of Robert Louis Stevenson’s poem “The Land of Counterpane”, describing how, when a child, he made an imaginary landscape on his bed.

Rather than his armies and soldiers, my landscape has spoon ladies sailing with swans whilst a dog overseas the removal of eggs to be taken to the queen of the pillow. With the exception of the dog (made from wasp nest fragments, to give him a slightly scary aspect), and the found abandoned nests, and blown duck and quail eggs, all the structures are made from bed linen. The spoons and swans are a reference to the ceramic swans and decorative spoons in the collection at Newark.

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I subsequently made a concertina book of this story from conjoined playing cards, to echo the playful element of the piece. This is in an edition of four, using hand painted and collaged images.

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MYSTIC SID

 Mystic Sid, the lurcher with prophetic powers

Mystic Sid, the lurcher with prophetic powers

Box of Mystic Sid“Box of Mystic Sid” containing an individual sealed fortune: a hand marbled paper fortune teller: a lucky bone: a magic twig from the tree of special sticks: and a poster showing the prophetic paraphernalia of the Mystic One.mystic sid1mysticsid2

Mystic Sid at the opening of

Mystic Sid at the opening of “Curiosity: Art and the Pleasures of Knowing” at Turner Contemporary, May 2013