enjoy having an idea and taking it forward into a project, creating a
body of work over a period of time. Being passionate about a chosen
subject helps the creative process, becoming the driving force for
myself and other artists I may be working with.
photograph depicted, ‘The Roll-up’ is one from the
project; 'A Year in the Life of the South Molton Sheep Fair Field'.
This two year project was first undertaken in 1998 with writer
colleague, Mary Stephenson and is added to periodically when various
events take place.
were conducted and recordings made of people, animals, an
auctioneer and steam driven machinery, along with many photos of
these subjects. Forming a large body of work, it is now viewed as an
important archive for South Molton, especially as since the Foot and
Mouth crisis, the annual Sheep Fair no longer takes place in this
field is sited on the southern edge of South Molton, with Exmoor
visible in the distance - a view at the moment, unadulterated by wind
is important to me to try to keep this view to the moor as
uncluttered as possible, but with various wind ‘farms’ planned at
Summer Moor, Cobbaton and at Knowstone on Exmoor, their creep seems