Beyond Here . New Work for 2018/19 about the Yorkshire Dales
My next show 'Beyond Here' is scheduled for 2018/19.
Beyond Here is a love letter to the hopes and dreams of the younger man I once was.
In 2017 my wife Jane and I took a studio in the Dales, because as a child growing up in the industrial sprawl of East Lancashire, they were just about the same thing as Paradise. I guess that I wanted to be that man, wanted to live that life, start the clock again as my new older and wiser self.
So Beyond Here is a story really, a story about how our dreams colour the way we see the world, and how I came to learn that we cannot return to them.
The past sides up silently behind me like a glass wall. I can imagine how the past might have turned out, but living it remains out of reach; visible only in my imagination. All I have now is the future.
My themes are big. Time, The impossibility of permanence. The transience of experience. The persistence of memory and the enduring quality of hope. To this I add the question 'why can I live there, as I can in no other place?'
A year in, I'm still grappling with the enormity of this but I have made a start. I think in words and pictures, often words come first. I was a writer before I was not. Some of the works on this page may make the cut, more likely they will not. Art is a destructive process.