Embroidering the truth

“I would spread the cloths under your feet:But I, being poor, have only my dreams;I have spread my dreams under your feet;Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.” W B Yeats Take a look at the first picture. What do you see in it?  If you look closer, what detail is there? This is …

Inside Out Outside In

Take a look at the first picture. This is a piece called Square Peg Round Hole and Round Peg Square Hole by Liverpool based artist Brian Jones. A couple of years ago I seriously considered joining the clergy. Having got as far as a talk with the bishop, I realised that if I were to …

Starstruck

“I do not know where you are leading. I am empty, unsure, uncomfortable.  I have only a beckoning star to follow.” Kate Compston Take a look at the two pictures, what strikes you most? the first is a medieval stone relief and the second is by Nicholas Mynheer, a contemporary British artist. We have recently …

Get me out of here: joy in the everyday

“Wait here and stay awake with me” Matthew 6 I wonder what you see in the first picture; graffiti on a wall, a cryptic message perhaps. This piece is part of Portal – a series of interventions I made around Bradford city centre, exploring the concept of escape and other worlds. We may feel like …

The road less travelled

“When the path disappears, the journey begins” Thomas Merton I wander what you see in the two pictures I have chosen for this week. A white road through a church, a scrap of fabric on a tree. These are both photos from an intervention I made at Kirkstall Abbey Leeds in 2012. I was invited …

Even the sparrow: a visual meditation

Now is the time of year for nesting. And this year the birds are really noticeable. They have lost a lot of their fear and are coming closer. Yesterday I watched a magpie collecting nesting material from our back hedge, something I have never seen before, and on my solitary walk this morning I found small feathers, witness to nesting activities such as the defense of ones territory.