A PROJECT WITH THE PAINTER MARY ANNE AYTOUN-ELLIS
EXPLORING HIDDEN AND MYSTERIOUS BODIES OF WATER
ACROSS THE SOUTH COUNTRY OF ENGLAND
We began our collaboration in the dry spring of 2012, walking the Downs above Lewes where we both live.
Since then we have made physical and imaginative journeys to water sites of cultural, historical and geographical significance all over the South Country, including the spring line settlements of the South Downs, dewponds at Ditchling and Chanctonbury, hammer and furnace ponds of the Weald, the ancient well at Stanmer, the dipping well at High Hurstwood Hermitage, the Holy Well at Eastbourne, old clay pit ponds at Markstakes Common and most recently the pools at Glyndebourne.
We work in three ways: directly from nature (documentary), indirectly from memory and imagination (associative) and in response to one another's work (reactive/reflective) to present the story of the complex relationship between humans and water.
A full colour book - Springlines - is to be published by Little Toller in spring 2017.
Follow the project at our Springlines blog.