Inspired by the 2018 exhibition titled ‘The land we live in, the land we left behind’ at Hauser & Wirth in Somerset, UK. Where I left a selection of my ‘Ash panel’ bookmarks in their honesty shop, to be given to visitors. I find myself revisiting the memories of this exhibition, particularly items that reflected the way earlier settlers to the USA produced, processed and preserved the food they needed. Those preserved foods often sustained them through harsh winters. I have made preserves of one kind or another for many years. This making process variously resembles the making process in much of my art. ie. Using whats to hand within the landscape of my subject, items that reflect or infer meaning. Likewise my preserves and other makings reflect everyday life. Here are some images of some of the preserves I’ve made from our home grown produce. I find wording the labels an interesting part of the process, and just to add a little artistic flourish I even limited edition numbered some. Each batch really is different as I mix and match the flavours.
Above: A simple everyday Bread and Butter Chutney
Above: A more decadent Fig and wine preserve. (note the limited edition numbering)
Home grown apples and plums, picked and ready for making
Above: Blackcurrant liqueur similar to Cassis
The fire ash bookmarks mentioned earlier which I left for visitors to take from the honesty shop at ‘The land we live in, the land we left behind’ exhibition at Hauser & Wirth, in Somerset, UK.