Here is a third installment about my solo exhibition, ‘Between Times’ at Gallery 6 in Newark-on-Trent, 9 Dec 2020 to 9 Jan 2021. Sadly the gallery has had to close under the latest restrictions, but the full catalogue of works is on the gallery website and you can contact the gallery for more information.
By March of this year, the luxury of being outside and near to nature took on a new and urgent importance for me. Passages of the farm land, at one time taken for granted, became precious places as we were gifted with a moment to ‘stand and stare’. The orchard in particular became a refuge of abundant plant and animal activity.
The unabating ‘business as usual’ pattern of bird life all around was immensely soothing, as was the seasonal performance from the variety of apple, pear and plum trees. I allowed myself to sit and be mesmerised by the gentle theatre surrounding me. An old 3 legged fruit-picking ladder often strode into view, giving a hint of human habitation. This was gradually supplemented by a washing line which animated the scene. Eventually chairs and a table were fetched up to give new forms and textures and as a reminder of more congenial times. And all against a changing backdrop of buds, blossoms and fruits.