I have been thinking about a trip to Iceland several years ago which had such an impact it continues to inspire and influence my work. In particular I have been 'revisiting" a walk we did through Thingvallir National Park. This is where the Mid-Atlantic Ridge is exposed above sea level, making it possible to walk between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates. A geologically active area - it is estimated these plates are pulling apart by as much as 2.5cm a year. The surrounding landscape is littered with ravines filled with beautifully clear glacial meltwater from the Langjokull glacier. It really is a special place.
Being part of the longest mountain range in the world, the Mid-Atlantic Ridge extends 40,000km from north east of Greenland southward around the Cape of Good Hope into the Indian Ocean. It is a rift valley marking the boundary between adjacent tectonic plates.
I thought I would start this new project by drawing the outline of this amazing natural feature. It will form the basis for a large work I have in mind. My intention is to make two pairs of artist books. starting with a smaller version and then a larger work. Space is a limiting factor in my studio so the final size has in this instance been defined by the room!
I am also part of Bookscapes Collective.
Bookscapes is a group of six artists that have developed a group practice specialising in site specific interventions and exhibitions.