Robyn Woolston’s Watchtree

After reflecting upon the images I’d taken out on the fells, I was reminded of a series of works I’d seen years ago by Robyn Woolston. The first summer I moved up to the lakes I can remember walking down by Ullswater and being pleasantly surprised to see some contemporary art right on my door step. This series of work has a distinct likeness to mine, as it features a similar use of signs. I admire that Woolston’s signs emerge right from the trees themselves, making incredible photographs; this is something I could play around with myself in the future perhaps? The artist here is interested in the use of language displayed on the signs. Written in Old English, she points out the surrounding nature. I have to say I was slightly disappointed by the works when I originally saw them, the Old English didn’t engage, it puzzled it’s audience who in turn dismissed it and spent little time with the work. However if Woolston had instead opted to write Modern English this wouldn’t have achieved much either? These are the types of things I need to be considering with my use of dates. Are they too personal or can I achieving just enough mystery in the work?

To check out Robyn Woolston’s Canopy Project check out these links:

The Canopy Suite, Watchtree and The Canopy Suite, Archive


Jo Addison

A couple of Thursday’s ago now on the 27th of February I had the great pleasure of hearing artist: Jo Addison, talk about her art practice. She spoke with remarkable truth about the obstacles she faces daily with the pressures that come with being a practising artist and the upset which this often causes her. Using the surprising quotation to begin her talk:  “I don’t want to be an artist, I want to be happy.” A statement which I found so appealing! She reflected upon her practice saying: “I have a crazy love of things.” Jo Addison is big into her objects and it’s the way she spoke about her use of objects that I really wanted to note here.

  • “Approximating a narrative through the role of an object.”
  • “Things speaking with a different language.”
  • “A language of objects.” (This could be an interesting title?)
  • Objects being communicated by a language.

After hearing Addison talk about her work in this way I began thinking about my work as a language of objects. The figurines transferring a language of working class taste and the plinths a language of cultural middle class.