Flood and Flight

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The fields are slowly clearing of water, and the birds (and humans!) are enjoying the return of the sun..

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Dream Fishing

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Sleep just didn’t want to happen in this wild and windy night tonight, so I distracted myself and made this collage.

Layer upon layer of golden fossilised fish..

(this is taken from a scan of a Mene rhombeus, which, according to Bristol University (take a look at their brilliant cabinet of curiosities), is a beautifully-preserved fossil fish from the famous Monte Bolca (or Pesciara) site, in Verona, Italy, from some 50 million years ago!)

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First Day on Dartmoor

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I am still working on my collages, but I got a bit distracted with this one as I was going through some old files.

This photograph has great resonance for me, as it was the first day that we went up to Dartmoor shortly after moving to Devon.

The air was clear and full of frost, and I was utterly ecstatic to be there. After a few hard years previous to our move, it all felt like a dream somehow.

Something about that light was strange, picture-book almost.

(A little change from the rain that we have here at the moment, we are surrounded by water and it doesn’t look to be stopping!)

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C.E.Rennie, 2014

Minimum

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I’m working on some new collages at the moment. There are so many decisions to make – how much to include, what works with what, how everything you add creates an extra layer of meaning – does that layer add interest or distraction? Too many choices!

Then sometimes I come back to the original, paired right down, and I like it with no alteration. This is the base that I am working with, an image from a few years ago. After exploring the thousands of possibilities, I’ve ended up now quite enjoying its space. I often come back this way, a confusion of noise, settled down to a few quiet lines.

I’ll post up the layered versions next time, would be good to hear what you think!

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Ahead

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This is a re-worked image from last year. It forms part of a larger series, which I had originally seen in black and white, but I was excited to see what happened to them in colour. Somehow the mood seems intensified to me with the colour remaining..

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© C. Rennie

Home

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My Home

is in a thousand things

it is where you are

now, soft asleep

it is

where we lay

years ago, moons ago

when we woke up

at the same time in the morning

facing each others eyes.

Before all this

and still now

it groans in the wind of the hills

and in the aching of lovers lost

and it is in the mourning

and in the living

it is down that street

where the cat fought the fox

it is in your legs

swinging

on the line

it is in

the growing of things

from warm soil

from seed, that grows seeds

that fly away

It rests abroad, in other hearts, too,

forgotten, sometimes,

remembered, often.

It is in trees, green and orange

it is in leaves, new and fallen

and yes, it is in the wind

on the grasses

here now

stroking the lines from my face

I have always been

more at home

in the small moments

of everywhere

than

only in one place

and that,

whilst precarious,

is surely

also

a comfort.

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© C. Rennie 2013

Wish that we..

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© C. Rennie, 2013

Abstractions

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These are mostly unseasonal, but I’ve been amassing small collections of findings from my daily walks for a while now so thought I would share some..

Each day I try to find something of interest in shape, pattern or form, it’s a greatly absorbing comfort!

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Journey from ground to sky..

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The temple bell stops

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but the sound keeps coming

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out of the flowers.

(Matsuo Basho)

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Collaborations

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Over the past few weeks, I’ve been engaging in some really exciting collaborative work, both visual and musical. I’ll share the musical soon, but today and tomorrow I’d like to share with you work that I have been undertaking alongside the fantastic visual artist, Elena Caravela. Both of us exchanged work, for the other to add to and manipulate, creating something new.

Part 1: Adolescence and Thorn.

I was so excited when a few of Elena’s Bird-Children figures flew from her hands to mine this week, having followed their progression on her blog for several months.

This piece combines Elena’s wonderful watercolour figure and birds from her Adolescence work, with photographic work from my Threads series. On viewing the bird’s inquisitive beaks, these thorns came immediately to mind. There is a huge sense of both vulnerability and defiant strength that sings out from the figure, which I have tried to engage with in this piece. Here we have caught her at a defining moment, in which anything may turn..

It was a great learning experience for me to work in this way, and I really enjoyed the whole process! Travel over to Elena’s blog to see the work that she has undertaken in this project, and her fantastic originals..you will not be disappointed.

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© C.E. Rennie/Elena Caravela, 2013

Postcard Progress

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A few weeks ago, I invited people to take part in a small project. Having been inspired by a postcard exchange I had taken part in with Stephen MacInnis in May last year, I wanted to do a similar thing again on a slighter larger scale. And so I sent out a collection of cards that I had printed to various corners of the globe, hoping to hear some news of their arrival.

Here are a couple of pictures of a few of their adventures – so exciting to see them in their new spaces..more to come!

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From Exeter, UK to…

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Puppy postcard arrived and newly homed with Antoinette in Oregon, USA..

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Small trees, sitting happily on a desk with artist Sydney Lancaster in Alberta, Canada..

(p.s. I’ve just seen that Sydney has just posted about this on her blog today too!)

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nathan 5_72Exploring all corners in the middle of Kansas, USA, in the workspaces of Nathan Filbert and Holly Suzanne.

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Thanks so much to everyone for taking part – this is an ongoing project too, so if you would like me to send you a postcard, get in touch! You can read the initial posts here and here.

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