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Circle

July 5, 2015

I had been working with circles for some time and was asked to speak to an audience – quite an intellectual bunch – about how my work had been influenced by the landscape where I lived. Tough call. The connection wasn’t obvious, living in flat lands of East Anglia.
I thought about it a while and came up with some rather tenuous thread for my thesis, but which over time became true. I started with Einstein, “all straight lines in space are curved” which I interpreted as the biggest round trip through space and time. I went on to explain a basic drawing trick used particularly in large work, that in order to make a landscape look right, follow the curvature of the horizon and curve that line just a little.

Coastal Suffolk where I lived has an enormous unimpeded horizon. You can actually see that curve and imagine travelling the whole circumference of earth, all 25,000 miles, and other places too (at least metaphorically.) The more I saw, the more I thought about it, the smaller I felt in the grand scheme… You know the sort of thing, the meaning of life, the universe and everything in it.

I rather liked the small feeling. It was liberating. I felt anonymous. I made my work anonymous too, discarding titles. I used a simple description instead, ‘Circle 2468.’ I started with high numbers that decreased over time. I do use titles if I need to, but I don’t make up a title for the sake of it and revert to descending numbers, leaving another 2,000 works to make in this lifetime.

  • Eclipse
    Eclipse
  • Circle 2467
    Circle 2467
  • Smoking
    Smoking
  • Circle 2450
    Circle 2450
  • Black
    Black
  • Meeting
    Meeting
  • Circle 2491
    Circle 2491
  • Circle 2491
    Circle 2491
  • Circle 2487
    Circle 2487
  • Circle_2468
    Circle_2468
  • Tourquoise
    Tourquoise
  • Circle 2496
    Circle 2496
  • Leavings
    Leavings
  • Circle 2470
    Circle 2470
  • Circle 2490
    Circle 2490
  • Circle_2489
    Circle_2489
  • Circle 2495
    Circle 2495
  • Return
    Return
  • Return
    Return
  • Eclipse
    Eclipse
  • Eclipse
    Eclipse

 

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