I feel that I am a poet first of all but I make short films. I paint, I take photographs. I have always kept sketchbooks and have on line blogs. I have been doing art like most of us have since childhood. Now with the digital age I have embraced the internet and computer.
My work is defiantly autobiographical a self portrait on my life upbringing and family. I was on the 4th Plinth in One & Other in 2009 reading my poetry and talking about family and family history.
The Field is a series of photographs taken over the past twenty years in a local field to where I now live. I wanted to show the changes in myself and the location which is a field in Warwickshire.
I try to take a picture every day but always from the same place in the field. Sometimes the photograph includes people who are visiting the field, walking their dogs or just walking on the footpath that runs around the boundary of the field. They may just be my friends visiting me or other people visiting neighbours.
I have never exhibited these images but they are shown in my blog and on an image based web site. I feel it is a statement on how everything changes including our health and our feeling of place in the world. Amid all these changes it is also a statement on things continuing.
In June 2015 I took The Field inside St Peter’s Church, Hanwell Village for Hanfest where I showed a movie and the children were allowed to play in a box which contained the Field. People could take their pictures standing in The Field.
I returned the crop to The Field after two days.
Now in 2020 I want to celebrate 20 years of my connection and dedication to The Field.
I will show a piece of my work especially created for this anniversary.
I am inviting all who know and have seen these photos and slightly performance art to submit a piece of art. It can be any media and any size. It must pay homage to The Field or just relate to it. It can be a painting, sculpture, ceramic, photograph, poem, music. Performance, film, Pottery, clay, badge, cartoon, linocut, fabric, glass, sculpture. ANYTHING you like.
I will then show this work ON LINE to celebrate those 20 years.
Thank you John Bishop