This work is all about being part of a large family. We do not have a family tree but a forest. The forest is populated by the members of my family. With the ‘big boys’, (I still call them that), just behind me. And the younger members of the family forming the tree trunks behind them. Not forgetting mum and dad, who are in there too.
Perhaps at this stage I should do a roll call in order of age. I have to say I always feel a huge sense of pride when I do this. They are: Ken, Eric, Billy, David, Kevin, Ged, Henry and then came the girls: Malvina, Lorretta, Lorraine (me), Rebecca and to finish it all, the baby of the family, Sam.
The face in the foreground is of me when I left home to go to art college and began a new life. The image shows how I am remained connected to my family through the family roots.
A Childhood Landscape is the title of this work in progress which is very close to my heart. Being the 10th of 12 children made for quite a childhood and provided many memories, most of them happy. Although we were as poor as church mice in many ways we lived a life of abundance. Thanks that is, to our parents who were extremely resourceful and imaginative. Qualities which have expressed themselves differently in all of us. Whichever way you look at it, it is an unmistakable trait of The Wilson Family as is an undeniable streak of eccentricity. Traits which I have often relied upon to get me through life and are of course very useful to an artist. I am forever grateful for the gifts that being part of this family have bestowed upon me.
work in progress.This work measures 2.20M x 1.4M (7′ 2″ x 4′ 6″) approx.
Although the painting is blocked in, there is still a lot of mark-making to be done before it is finished. Ultimately a batten will be fixed to the top of the work which will be hung from the ceiling. This painting is the backdrop for three other “floating” paintings. Together these form an installation which allows viewers to literally walk through the painting.
For many years I have been interested in referencing the marks left behind as a result of normal everyday activity. This often involves drawing around or alongside the unintentional marks, stains, creases or wear and tear created in the course of normal activity. Highlighting them by drawing lines around or alongside them as shown below.
This project took place over a three month period in which all the marks and detritus left behind after the evening meals were ‘marked in’. These marks slowly built up over time creating this rather interesting design.