Patricia Swannell - Jude Tucker: Marking Time

Patricia Swannell - Jude Tucker: Marking Time

9 February - 5 March 2011

Jude Tucker, Patricia Swannel

jaggedart is delighted to present a second collaboration between the artists Patricia Swannell and Jude Tucker. Following their beautiful installation in the gallery in 2007, Flowers from an unknown tree, Tucker and Swannell once again join forces for a unique exhibition, Marking Time.

Perhaps the greatest challenge of the 21st Century is finding a sustainable relationship with the natural world. Living in a 24/7 urban society where so many of our experiences are filtered through digital media in an artificially lit and heated environment, an understanding of, and respect for, the natural world must be actively sought.

Marking Time is inspired by Books of Hours, Medieval texts that are elaborately illustrated devotional books, popular in the Middle Ages that inspired their readers to direct their attention to an awareness of the rhythms of the days, the season, and the years, providing the template for a contemporary equivalent. Through an intense focus on the natural world, Swannell and Tucker call for both awareness and respect for the cycles on which we depend.

Patricia Swannell's watercolour and pencil paintings follow a sequence based on the offices or prayer times of the Medieval monastery. From the dead of the night, through the daylight hours and back to the night, the eight works convey the sense of the passage of time with the dawning and fading light.

Alongside these paintings are hung a series of black, white and grey acquatint monoprints. Patricia collects willow branches and leaves, ferns and grasses. These natural materials are used on the printing press so that the paper becomes embossed with their shapes and textures.

Since her initial show, Patricia's works have continued to evolve as regards technique and ideas. However the underlying concepts remain true to her ambition of finding fresh ways to focus on the natural world. That interest is present in all her works; they may be prints reflecting on the ephemeral beauty of the leaves, branches and feathers collected in her daily walks in the park or subtle paintings of the changing hou