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Art explorations with glass and other things
Glimpses of Marleycombe - The Empire of the Grasses
2016 - ongoing
Glimpses of Marleycombe explores the ancient landscape of Marleycombe Hill in the village of Bowerchalke, Wiltshire, where Alex lives and works. The work was originally inspired by daily walks on the hill, glimpsing the landscape through glass, a camera, a car window, a glass lens. Research into the history of the site led to the discovery of a writer, Majorie Pickthall, writer, who lived near Marleycombe from 1912 - 1920. Her poem, 'Quiet ' inspired experimental work in glass, digital print and thread funded by an artist's bursary from Gingko Projects.
'Quiet' by Majorie Pickthall
(this poem may have been inspired by Marleycombe Hill, it certainly evokes it.)
Come not the earliest petal here, but only
wind, cloud, and star,
Lovely and far,
Make it less lonely
Few are the feet that seek her here, but sleeping
thoughts sweet as flowers
Linger for hours,
Things winged, yet weeping.
Here in the immortal empire of the grasses,
Time, like one wrong
Note in a song,
With their bloom, passes.
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