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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 - 1920Her 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.

 
Empire of the Grasses

GoM Sampler 7

Grass Seed

GoM Sampler 6

GoM Sampler 5

GoM Sampler 4

Triptych

GoM Sampler 3

GoM Sampler 2

Tracks on the Hill

On the bench

GoM Sampler 1

GoM Colour Studies

The Hollow

GoM Sampler 6

Sunset and Grasses

Empire of the Grasses II