Width: 110 diameterHeight: 110
From the artist:
I attended an Outside in, Step Up course at West Dean College of Arts. We had access to the archives and grounds. I have an interest in sacred geography and ‘sense of place’. This drawing is a response to the grounds, maps, boundaries and esoteric aspects of West Dean Estate and its environs. My starting point was the feeling I had of entering a portal into a liminal space when I visited the college for the first time. I love Yew trees and how Kingley vale on the edge of the Estate feels like a cathedral of trees. My kind of church. In the Pleasure grounds of West Dean is the base of a felled yew tree, I used this as a starting point, the concentric circles telling time and reflecting the contours of the land. Next I mapped the woods and forests of West Dean using the Ogham alphabet, Aka, the tree alphabet; finally I mapped the current boundary of the Estate which I stitched into the hand made Khadi paper, whose shop is on the Estate’s borders.