Monday, 31 December 2012
I'd like to say a tremendous THANK YOU to everyone at CR Community, for making my residency such a wonderful expereince.
And thank you also, to everyone who has come along and shared this incredible journey, by visiting and supporting my blog. If you are ever in West Yorkshire, I highly recommend a visit to Mirfield Monastery.Its much better in the flesh.
Happy New Year & best of luck to the next Artist in residence 2013
|The Pyx at CR held a great fascination for me|
|It would change no matter how many times I looked at it|
|It was beautiful, no matter what time of day or night it was|
|I did my best to capture some sense of what it showed me|
|But nothing I did seemed...right|
|One night, with the brethren's blessings I tried again|
|I worked into the wee hours|
|This set of four was a direct result of that night|
|It's closer, but not quite there yet|
|Somehow my camera caught that which I couldn't express with my ink brush....|
The Pyx at Community of the Resurrection Church is one of the most beautiful objects I have ever encountered or experienced. Even though I am currently living in London, I can still sense it's presence.
I do not feel that my work with the Pyx is finished. So I'm looking forward to trying again in the future - with the brethren's permission, of course..
The Pyx draws me like a magnet.
Saturday, 22 December 2012
|Mealtimes at CR Monastery are a bit different than those at the College|
|There are usually many visitors, guests and retreatants with the occasional VIP|
|After the meal everyone pitches in to help clear up|
|With much hustle and bustle, the brethren get the job done quickly and efficiently|
|Fr. Crispin rolls the dish trolley to the kitchen, ready for the washing up|
|Even Fr. George (Superior) does his turn|
|Quite a different scenario from his daily administrative duties, as head honcho of CR|
|As an example of the vast array of their tasks, Fr. John,was in charge of fundraising activities and held an auction in Nov, which raised over £50,000 for their CR Church Renovation Project.|
|Besides being Musical Director, Fr. Peter is also Principal and teacher at the Ordination College|
|As well as overseeing several extensive libraries, Fr. Thomas is also in charge of the CR fruit orchards. (And makes the best jams and jellies I've ever had.)|
|Brother Jacob is in charge of various church related duties. Here he is, putting away the main altar cloth after a special service|
|But Jacob is also CR's technical wizard guy- seen here helping set up my final presentation|
|At CR, even what looks like idle chat is deceiving. Here, FF Anthony and Oswin (Priory) discuss ideas for future workshops|
|Interesting educational workshops on various topics are regularly held at the Mirfield Centre|
|Brothers Dennis on the left, runs the Retreat facilities which has over 30 rooms. Daniel, is the CR Webmaster|
|But, at the end of the day, this is the schedule that the brethren adhere to, without fail.|
|The daily services and prayer is the backbone and lifeblood of the Community of the Resurrection|
|The brethren's commitment and dedication is strong and inspiring to see. (Btw, Fr. Peter is not reading text messages...he's transposed the liturgy onto his hi-tech gadget.)|
|The brethren wear many hats in the course of a day. Here's Fr. Nicolas - who also manages CR's South African concerns - preparing the small altar for midday Mass.|
Sunday, 25 November 2012
* Note: "Ordnand" is the term used to describe theological students studying to become Church of England priests.
|Meal are served in The Refectory Dining Hall|
|College principal Fr. Peter enjoys a chat with his students|
|Students take turns to serve meals|
|Tucking into a delicious Chinese buffet|
|And a dessert to die for.....|
|How do they all keep so slim...|
|Suddenly everyone gets ready to leave|
|Without a word they all head quickly in the same direction.|
|Straight to the Common Room for coffee, a look at the papers and a chat!|
|*Ordnand "Bear" |
Monday, 19 November 2012
|Detail of Chinese scroll paper banner work|
|Placement in final exhibition|
|White dots are holes to let light/space shine through|
|Close-up of work on opposite side (on heavy paper)|
The above are a series of experimental ink banner works made on very light Chinese scroll paper. They were hung in such a way to encourage movement when people walked down the corridors. It actually worked even better than I ever imagined....
Although I never actually witnessed it happening, I was told by a few people that the banners would not only wave to and fro, but depending on the walking pace of the passerby, the banners would sometimes rise into the air and curl around the passer-by......how lovely -
my art embraces you.