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The Measurement of the Whale’s Skeleton

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The Measurement of the Whale’s Skeleton.  Painted and screen printed fabric. Inspired by the Burton Constable Sperm whale skeleton and the wall and border in the State Rooms in the Hall.  Made as part of my Residency at Burton Constable in 2015/16  

Perfect Form, 2016

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Perfect Form was inspired by my time as artist in residence next to the iconic sperm whale skeleton mentioned in Moby Dick at Burton Constable Hall.  During my time talking to visitors, staff and volunteers discussing the skeleton I always seemed to end with how you get no idea of the shape of the animal […]

Stranding

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I live in Norfolk (about as far from the coast as you can and still live in Norfolk). There have been a series of sperm whale strandings on the North Norfolk Coast and on the other side of the Wash in Lincolnshire (and on mainland Europe).  I have not gone to see the carcasses (for […]

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Arctic Initiation – British Whalers’ traditions

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This is a small piece inspired by a particular aspect of arctic whaling that has interested me for a while now. British Arctic Whalers had various superstitions and traditions and the ones that interest me at the moment are those that relate to their material culture – special things that they made. In December I […]

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Interim Review of Residency at Burton Constable Hall

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So, I’ve completed the four pre-exhibition residency stints in the Stables at Burton Constable Hall as part of my Artist in Residence (AIR) funded by the Arts Council and the Friends of Burton Constable Hall. It seemed like a good time to reflect on how my first official (and funded) residency has gone. It’s been […]

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That Moby Dick thing

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Moby Dick Unabridged, Southbank Centre, October 2015

Moby Dick is at the core of my work, and I know that it always will be. Sometimes it feels very close to the surface, and sometimes it is buried deep, but always there. At the moment it is pretty much on at the surface. My residency at Burton Constable Hall (home to a skeleton […]

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Residency at Burton Constable

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I’m just back from my first stint at Burton Constable Hall as Artist in Residence. I have spent a wonderful four days in the barn with their iconic sperm whale skeleton mentioned in Moby Dick. As well as working on drawings of the skeleton and other items in the collection that have caught my eye […]

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Hull Maritime Museum and Whaling Collection

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The whaling collection at Hull is mentioned in Moby Dick and is, therefore, a very special place.  The whaling gallery at Hull Maritime Museum is one of my most inspiring places and I visit it as often as I can.  The skeleton of a right whale and models and paintings of ships have all influenced […]

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Dundee and the McManus

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Whaling carried on in Dundee later than any other Port in Britain because of the use of whale oil in the local jute processing industry.  One of the great benefits to me of this is that Dundee has a fantastic collection of whaling photographs, of ships, whaling and the arctic locations. This is also one […]

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Right Whale, left flipper

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Right Whale. Left Flipper

Quilted textile with digital print and freehand machine embroidery (30 x 25 cm)

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