Posted on February 23, 2014
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!)
Posted on February 4, 2014
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.
This photograph seems to reflect to me the dreamlike quality of the day, and how it felt to be there..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!)
Posted on January 30, 2014
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!
Posted on October 27, 2013
We’re expecting some wild weather over the next few hours, so here’s a little calm before the storm..!
If you’d like to see the whole collection of these beach photographs (I think somehow they work best as a group) you can see it building here.
Posted on August 28, 2013
Posted on August 25, 2013
is in a thousand things
it is where you are
now, soft asleep
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
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,
It is in trees, green and orange
it is in leaves, new and fallen
and yes, it is in the wind
on the grasses
stroking the lines from my face
I have always been
more at home
in the small moments
only in one place
© C. Rennie 2013
Posted on August 11, 2013
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Posted on April 6, 2013
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.
© C.E. Rennie/Elena Caravela, 2013
Posted on March 14, 2013
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!
From Exeter, UK to…
Puppy postcard arrived and newly homed with Antoinette in Oregon, USA..
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!)