When I'm not trawling unusual sites on the internet for information I'm reading up on other people's visions of the world in book, film and TV - sometimes factual, sometimes fiction - Here are my current reads which relate to my project...
Updated: May 10
During my underground research for the Visitor's project, I had managed to get tickets to go underground with the London Transport Museum team to see one of the 8 shelters built during the blitz years.
It was so strange to be in a place that I had been imagining for so long, and to find that most of my ideas of life underground were correct, and it was all quite possible. At the same time I gained a real insight into how it might have been, and some of the practicalities such as dealing with waste and food.
This particular shelter which is 37 metres underground, and beneath the Underground tube trains, was built for the Blitz but ended up being used during the days after the war to house people, including some of those from the Windrush, before being converted to a makeshift hotel for the Festival of Britain in 1951.
Updated: May 8
I stumbled across this painting in the Ulster Museum and was captivated by the beautiful use of light (and at the same time appalled and distracted by the hideous frame).
Looking at his other works which were quite different, I could see a similarity in my own work, although I am humbled by the amazing simplicity and confidence of the pieces.
His landscape works, although similar in location (with many being on or around Tory Island all capture a slightly different mood, and quite often some varied viewpoints, though always from an actual point of view.