White Noise 3:4 is the first in a set of three made in 2002 using permanent marker on boards where dots from the marker tip traversed the board in rows from top to bottom and left to right – imitating the point of light in an analogue cathode-ray tube. I wanted to make some 'white noise' by hand and to see if an image emerged if I kept on working until the marker ran out before picking up a fresh one.
36 screens is an assembly of 36 individual drawings on boards made in a similar way but with vertical strokes over a horizontally brushed surface (cross-hatching), rather than dots (pixels) on a smooth one.
None of these images provided a ready image or story of course, and clearly there were no 'play' buttons to get things going. However, the imagery had narrative potential I felt, so I went on to explore the method. And some stories.
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Timelines was a piece of work made from inexpensive and ready-to-hand materials:
I used 3 x 8m lengths of 1 metre-wide dressmaking lining material, markers of various sorts (biros, permanent markers, writing & drawing inks) as well as selotape, cotton thread etc.
I wanted to think about my own history, and in some wider historical contexts.
Timeline 1 was serial rows of dots made across the material – a slow process (3 lines of dots took 1/2 hour). I left a margin at either side – for notes on one side and a rudimentary sort of 'timecode' (time spent working) on the other.
Timelines 2 & 3 investigated some histories: texts repeatedly written and washed off (timeline 2); meanderings in dribbled ink (I love Jackson Pollock) and in stitch – courtesy of my old Singer sewing machine (timeline 3).
The Timelines were shown as an installation in a show entitled Illuminations at Paintworks, Bristol in 2006. The works have since been lost. I am revisiting the ideas and materials used.