Scotoma Landscape [10-part drawing, graphite on cotton paper, varying sizes, framed and mounted onto plywood] 2016

Drawings resulting from micro-residency on Narroways Hill, invited by Hand in Glove and OSR Projects for Weather Station Part II. Exhibited at b-side festival in Dorset September 2016.

Public participation (drop-in plein air drawing): 11am – 1pm
Narroways Millennium Green Hill, Bristol, BS2 9YT

I’m interested particularly in our psychological disconnect, (mis) representation and perception of nature. Immediately, I wanted to treat the one-day residency as a kind of experiment. Narroways Hill will be my studio lab for the day. Each invited artist responds to the inflatable in a different way. I’m going to ignore the inflatable ball, treating it as a blind spot, a scotoma on the landscape. I’ll spend the day using the Weather Station as a compositional tool, taking photographs and drawing studies on Narroways Hill – my local green space, which is also socially diverse, and a hotspot for biodiversity in the city. These I will develop into functional blind spot tests, back in my Bedminster studio.

I’ve been getting to know some of the people who look after this place, by volunteering for the Narroways Millennium Green Hill Trust, even joining a small St. Werburghs drawing group. Alongside the day’s main mission, it feels apt to invite local people and others from further afield up onto ‘the mound’ (as it’s commonly known), and facilitate collective drawing en plein air. Participants and passers-by will be greeted with all the necessary drawing equipment, but please feel free to bring something comfy and dry to sit on if you require it.