In the 1960’s and 70’s, many artists liked the idea of repetition, presenting different variations on a particular theme. Take Andy Warhol’s iconic ‘Monroe’ series of paintings, or Sol LeWitt’s repeated geometric structures, for instance. It has been suggested they may have been influenced somewhat by the enigmatic photographer, Edweard Muybridge, who was trying to prove that, at one moment in the flight of a galloping horse, all four feet were physically off the ground. In order to achieve this, he had to devise a system of ‘stills’ as no-one up to then had been able to see this with the naked eye. Thus the idea of ‘series’ or sequence was born. To me as an artist, this feels entirely logical, as I often work through ideas in a series of different variations based on a particular theme or idea. When I was working on my ‘Geology of the Lizard’ series, I took pebbles (just a handful!) from different beaches around the Lizard peninsula, set them into resin and cut them to fit into a grid arrangement by way of a ‘contrast and compare’ exercise.
Posted by:Caro Woods
I am an artist who lives in an old Methodist Chapel in the heart of a small rural village on the Western edge of Dartmoor, Devon. I love wild places and make work about the pilgrimages I make. Most days revolve around the needs of my two ponies and two whippets and writing a book about one of my epic equine pilgrimage. Otherwise I spend my time creating: with camera, pencil, pen, brush or collage. Also blog posts about walking / thinking / observing / drawing. A spiritual quester who enjoys sharing my encounters with the mystery and magic of everyday life, both mundane and profound. Above all, always searching for the core of my creativity.