The video I have taken is for Tide Line Thames: A Collaborative Light Projected Installation, that Tom Pearman and I are creating, for the Thames Tunnel Shaft of the Brunel Museum in September. We will be projecting images directly onto the rough curved walls of the Thames Tunnel Shaft. The shaft itself has dictated the kind of images that we worked with. Because it is not a clean white space, our imagery needed to be quite graphic to hold its own. I am excited by the intriguing visual relationships that have developed from overlaying Tom's geometrical animations onto my video footage.
More info on Totally Thames website
I have been working on a second installation for the 2017 Totally Thames Festival. Canary Wharf Arts has commissioned me to design large scale images which will be printed on dibond aluminium panels. They will be displayed in the Crossrail Place Roof Garden in Canary Wharf from 15 August to 15 October 2017.
For this project, I have worked with hybrid images. I began by projecting my Thames photographs onto the surfaces of my Thames paintings and photographed the results. I took these new photographs into Photoshop and began to cut and collage them to make images for the digital prints. Not the least bit naturalistic, the saturated colours and prismatic light of these images led to the installation's title.
Designing the prints for Tropical Thames also involved some time travel – to London's trading past and its potential future. The Roof Garden features varieties of plants that were native to countries visited by ships of the West India Dock Company, which unloaded goods in this location 200 years ago. In the course of researching and making work about the Thames, I also have been thinking about the urgent issue of climate change and what the effects of rising temperatures and sea levels could mean for the tidal river. Tropical Thames might be a beautiful nightmare.