an artists' view

an artists' view

Monday, 24 January 2011


The exhibition at Chantry Chapel looms closer!
Two days to go; am just about ready. Some final bits and bobs to complete, like the labels ready for hanging.
My 'Knitted Book Of Mining' is glue-ing to the cover as I write. The drawings are all framed. Canvases all stringed (strung?).
The exhibition has a geological theme; entitled 'Journey Through The Past', it explores the carbon beneath our feet which has had such an impact upon the Yorkshire region. The coal industry brought wealth and jobs to this area, and the demise of mining has been quite calamitous to many communities in Yorkshire.

The title also references one of my favourite musicians, Neil Young, who had an l.p. (back in those days of vinyl; another product of the carbon-age!) called 'Journey Through The Past' way back in the 1970's. It came close upon the heels of his hit albums 'After the Goldrush' and 'Harvest'; and with typical cussedness, was his soundtrack to a film which was never released! Or been re-released as far as I know!
Neil Young has followed his own path, and been true to his muse, no matter the cost to his personal relationships. Maybe not a role-model to follow slavishly....but he's never cared for the nonsense of fame and celebrity.
I salute him for that.
To quote Neil....'This one's for you'......

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