My immediate response to the Covid-19 crisis was to immerse myself within nature. Walking, sketching, collecting and, surprisingly, writing many thoughts and feelings.
I used the traditional sketchbook, the invaluable tool, like a diary, even though I was unable to paint for 3 weeks.
It was later when I wanted to use these “in the moment” pages to expand my thoughts as an artist, to explore in more detail, to transform them in another way and this came about by looking at poetry books belonging to my mother, for both she and her mother also, had lived in the same village as me, a long connection with Beckington.
Within the small treasured book rested markers she had made learning poems at Beckington School. One of the markers was on Thomas Hardy’s poem “Weathers”. I wanted to use the idea of these markers/labels as an idea to extend the sketches and as the month of April was so important during the crisis. I was creating 2 or 3 labels a day, like an important grounding mechanism. I completed over 100. They are now in a keep-sake box, a Pandora's box?
Later I took these labels back out into the environment from where the work originated, therefore creating a full-circle, like a life-cycle.