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Buried Water

9 Jan

I’ve been walking through the Waun Wen area of the city this afternoon, sketching and also taking rubbings in graphite onto paper of the “street metal”. It sounds like a type of heavy rock music, but it’s the metal bits that we generally don’t notice under our feet. Things like manhole, stopcock and drain covers which are portals to the water buried beneath.

Some of the street metal is old and when you follow it around, you get to see the history of an area underfoot. This little stopcock cover is very common, there’s no company name on it. Almost every house has one.

Sometimes though, what’s buried becomes visible again. On the boundary of the area, there’s a sink hole at the bottom the the Cwmfelin estate, which used to be the Cwmfelin Tin Works. It’s been fenced off because it’s dangerous but when you look in, there’s a strong flow of water rushing past some old-looking brickwork. Could this be the River Burlais on it’s way to join the River Tawe?

This work is part of the Home and Hinterland project funded by Swansea University’s Taliesin Arts Centre.

A Chance To Own One Of My Artworks

I have some small screenprints for sale, inspired by my drawings of the antique taxidermy collection at Swansea Museum. I have given these vintage artifacts a modern twist by combining them with images of rubbish – old fruit nets, bubble wrap and plastic – highlighting the problem of human pollution and how it affects wildlife.

To buy my work on the Swansea Print Workshop site please click the image to the left.

20 percent of the cost of each screenprint sold goes to support Swansea Print Workshop, which receives no public funding.

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