Fruitful Exhibition, and beyond

When Florence Arts put out an open call for work made in response to the prompt “Fruitful,” I recalled a quote I’d heard that described quantum mechanics as the most fruitful science we’ve had in the last hundred or so years. I forget where I heard it, but it came into my head anyway. MyContinue reading “Fruitful Exhibition, and beyond”

Fragile Power

A recent series of collaborations culminated in four works shown at a group exhibition at the Florence Arts Centre running from 6th November to 19th December. Exhibition RE:FORM. An exhibition by Art Crit North Cumbria. Florence Arts Centre: 6th November – 18th December 2021. RE:FORM is a collaborative project which asked artists to make aContinue reading “Fragile Power”

A tiny sketch: “Translation”

This short post describes some idea fragments that feel as if they might be developed from a simple sketch here into something more interesting, related to notions of “translation” in different forms. The work started from a group workshop at university (#weareoca) that asked us to work with “translation” in a couple of ways: firstlyContinue reading “A tiny sketch: “Translation””

The Imperfect Robot

I’ve been researching Harold Cohen’s work recently. He was an acclaimed “traditional” painter until discovering computers when he changed track to pursue work made with a floor-roaming, pen-wielding wheeled robot controlled by his AARON software, which seems like his investigation into the mechanics of painting. He made work in this way from the 1960s toContinue reading “The Imperfect Robot”


I’m interested in the behaviour of fluids in relation to complexity theory, particularly the way that emergent behaviours can arise from large systems of simple elements. Think of water, a simple molecule, uninteresting except perhaps for a charge difference between its ends. Then think of huge ocean waves rolling into shore… you’d never imagine thatContinue reading “Fluid”


A university assignment related to “collage as drawing” sent me running off to make a generative collage-making machine. While exploring the idea of gollage made using a software-assist, I encountered Ben Bogart’s Dreaming Machine #3, which started me thinking about how our eyes and brain perceive the world. When we look at an object, there’sContinue reading “Perception/Collage”


A long development process went into a series of hybrid monoprint/linoprints that took me from painting to drawing to printmaking, being led all the way by the materials. An exciting process to go through. It started with a painting made with household and acrylic paints on paper, inspired by Hieronymous Bosch’s The Garden of EarthlyContinue reading “0xFFD8FFEE”