Hayley Field - Colour
Across the river in the trees
I began making ‘colour maps’ nearly three years ago when I was working in residence in Mary Potter’s house and studio in Aldeburgh, as a response to the surrounding landscape. Once back in my own studio I began to make them of the view from the window, across the river Deben to Suffon Hoo. I gradually developed their format to become an analysis in one sitting of the colours I observed, making a vertical journey - river to sky or sky to river - including the water, mud, islands, river bank, land, trees and sky. I enjoy the complexity of understanding and describing the colours and the intense, deep focus it requires.
The pencil notes record the pigments I have mixed to make the colours, and the date. What started as documentation has become an ongoing, cumulative piece of work. I have exhibited it three times to date - each time in a different way - gridded, a section of the whole, and in a line.
During lockdown I have been making colour maps from a room in my home, with a view to the river Deben, through trees and across fields.
‘Across the river to the trees’ (detail) Watercolour and pencil on paper 140 x (20cm x 20cm) August 2017 to present Installation shot of Studio Works exhibition at The Cut / photo credit Douglas Atfield
‘Across the river to the trees’ (detail) Watercolour and pencil on paper 140 x (20cm x 20cm) August 2017 to present Installation shot of Studio Works exhibition at The Cut Photo credit Douglas Atfield
‘Across the river in the trees’ (section) Watercolour and pencil on paper 36 x (20cm x 20cm) August 2017 to March 2018 Installation in studio Photo credit Douglas Atfield
'Through the trees to the river’ (lockdown colour map) Watercolour and pencil on paper 20cm x 20cm June 2020
Find out more about the artist and contact Hayley through her website at www.hayleyfield.com
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