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Art Licks on North York Moors

2022 to 23

The Pattern that Emerges series

Charcoal drawings on paper

44 x 30 cm unframed

‘The rhythmic repetitions of gesture entailed in handling tools and materials are not, however, of a mechanical kind […]. For they are set up through the continual sensory attunement of the practitioner’s movements to the inherent rhythmicity of those components of the environment with which he or she is engaged.’ - Tim Ingold, 'Making'

In 2022, as part of a group residency with fellow AHH Studio Collective artists at Art Licks' residency space, Cow Syke Projects in Bransdale, we engaged with the site and surrounding area through the lens of Herbert Read’s novel, ‘The Green Child’. This provided the opportunity to explore individual ideas and share responses.

Inspired by Read's account of first sensing the ‘patterns and atmospheres’ of life growing up nearby on his father’s farm, work began on a time lapse video that traced passages of light as they travelled through an agricultural building of interest on site. This informed a series of drawings made in response to gestural marks left on the fabric of the same building. The title comes from Read's poem 'Moon's Farm' that reflects on relationships with land.

'Patterns and Atmospheres': Art Licks Work in Progress, North York Moors, November 2022
'The Pattern that Emerges 20, 22': 'Body-Architect', Norman Rea Gallery, University of York, March 2023

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