forest studio art residency at The Kings Wood, SVA, Challock, Kent 28.05.14 – 11.06.14



30th May 2014

As I embark on 10 days of forest life, I find I am interested in responding to the forest environment as directly as possible, abandoning all education and previous methodologies, like a brand-new human arrived on earth.

The bright green of the beech leaves and the jet black trucks are the predominant visual stimuli so far and I have begun to paint with green and make big black charcoal drawings, responding to my emotional, spiritual and physical reaction to the space.

I will not have a computer or electric lighting for the next 10 days.

I am reading Richard Mabey’s ‘Nature Heals’, found in the forest studio library and will continue to research David Nash’s work and animal structures.

I am very grateful to have this opportunity to be wild again, thanks to Stour Valley Arts and all the contributors.


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