Hannafore Triptych

Work on paper, based on sketches from last year and a recent visit to Hannafore by Looe (Acadiane Journeys Bodmin Moor to Looe)

Triptych, ink bloc on cyanotype prepared paper, Philip Bennetta September 2020

I prepared this Somerset paper for an edition of cyanotypes. Unfortunately, it became prematurely exposed to light and could not be used in the edition. However, I did not throw the thirty sheets of paper away and, after several experiments, decided to make some new work, based on sketches I have made. Here is Willow, my first experiment with the prepared paper and medium:

Willow
Willow (detail)
original sketch, using ink bloc on cartridge paper

Acadiane

We made a series of films whilst living in France entitled “Acadiane Journeys…” filmed from our Citroen Acadiane van, on journeys in France. All these films have original music and poetry, in English and/or French. We lived in France for eight years, had our studios there and were registered as Artiste Libre. Sadly, when we returned to live in the UK our little French van was sold and something larger purchased to help with the house move. Our van was originally registered in Charente Maritime (17) and today Daisy has returned, an Acadiane from the same region, via Wales! So, more films to come, here’s a link to an earlier one, made in France, when we were struggling with staying or returning to the UK: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0DcHVLDC_Jc

and here is Daisy, just arrived today:

Daisy Acadiane
Daisy Acadiane, showing her roots

Killing of Crow

We had a quiet lock-down, exercising each day near our home, along with other walkers and cyclists, noticing how the birds, animals and wildlife, including escapee sheep, had also taken to our little no-through lane, leading to Siblyback Lake on Bodmin Moor. Then lock-down ended, traffic returned, and it became no longer safe on the lane and walkers stayed away. We find animal corpses most days…

This is our latest Poem by Post, entitled Killing of Crow

Cover of hand-sewn pamphlet
Title page
Artwork and poem
Copyright page and envelope

forty rusty screws project

The studio roof is now fixed and the culprits, 40 rusty screws, is a current work in progress (apparently 95% of the leaks in metal roofs are due to poorly fitted screws, which rust and let water through) 

The opening quotation comes from my published notes in 2019, when I began this project. However, the actual reason the studio roof leaked and the screws became rusty was due to condensation forming within the roof structure, and not rain dripping and pouring in. A new roof, coated with an anti-condensation product, has now replaced the old one. So, with a dry space in which to work, I return to the project and coat each of the rusty screws with two coats of PVA to retain their integrity and history. I then attach these endearing found objects on a golden acrylic canvas, backed with timber, each one secured by a robust U nail…

(Note: If the work were to be hung in a gallery/white space, I would have them attached directly to the wall, as with other work I have made)

forty rusty screws, found objects on canvas, P.R. Bennetta, 2020

forty rusty screws

The studio roof is now fixed and the culprits, 40 rusty screws, is a current work in progress (apparently 95% of the leaks in metal roofs are due to poorly fitted screws, which rust and let water through) 

The opening quotation comes from my published notes in 2019, when I began this project. However, the actual reason the studio roof leaked and the screws became rusty was due to condensation forming within the roof structure, and not rain dripping and pouring in. A new roof, coated with an anti-condensation product, has now replaced the old one. So, with a dry space in which to work, I return to the project and coat each of the rusty screws with two coats of PVA to retain their integrity and history. I then mount them on a golden acrylic canvas, backed with timber, to elevate these endearing found objects, each one secured by a robust U nail…

forty rusty screws, found objects on canvas, P.R. Bennetta, 2020

The question is…

The question is… Acrylic on canvas with found object, 30 cm x 20 cm, Philip Bennetta, 2020

I like using commonplace materials, bringing found objects to the studio…

I was making steps down to the stream running by the studio and needed one last plank of timber to front the top step. I came across a sawn-off scaffold board, which had a nail-plate on one end. The metal plate was jagged at the edge, so I removed it…

When the steps were complete, I took the now twisted nail-plate to the studio and instinctively placed it on a canvas I was working on…

The question is…