With just over a month to go now the pace of work has increased. I’m considering adding a edition of laser engravings on rusted steel panels, so have begun playing with shapes created by my collection of chains in order to restructure images harvested from the Guildhall Museum’s collection of Dutch prints. This is in addition to an abstracted bust constructed from more chains and a handmade iron grappling hook, and an installation of a set of loading chains which may run four metres of the gallery if fully stretched.
For full details of the commemorations of which this bursary is a part, visit http://www.visitmedway.org/battle-of-medway. #Bom350 #OfFireshipsAndIron
After raking around the South East for any-old-iron over the last month, I’ve accrued quite a haul of rusted chains to work with. Thanks in particular to Cottage Style Antiques in Strood and Symonds Salvage in Bethersden – two treasure troves in Kent well worth a visit.
Initially I thought I would be seeking handmade, nautical ironmongery for this project, but have ended up opting for more industrial materials. The grasping hooks of a grab-chain, and the spiked links of a security chain seem to better emphasise the brutality of conflict and colonial trade, and will form a greater counterpoint to the fragments of baroque stylings from the Guildhall Museum’s Dutch engravings I’m aiming to imprint them with.
However the sheer weight of these objects may restrict my ability to display the work as I had envisaged, having thought to create a wall hanging when starting the project. Plenty of playtime needed…