I'm not sure if I'm setting myself up for one massive creative headache here, but this is exactly what I'm setting out to do with the painting that i'm in the planning stages of now.
I'm turning my attentions to Colchester, for my next piece and want to show reflect in the painting the sheer amount of history that surrounds this place. Although it might seem pretty impossible, I'm going to do my best.
Yesterday I visited Firstsite, a visual arts centre which opened here in 2011. The centre is so named as Colchester was the first site of the Roman occupation (correct me if I'm wrong). As you walk towards the exhibition spaces you walk over a glass panel in the floor under which is a beautiful mosaic floor in the position it was found in by someone gardening (again, correct me if I've remembered this wrong!). It was taken and put in Colchester Castle for quite a number of decades, but then finally was relocated back to it's original position when Firstsite was built. Originally it was the wonderful floor of some rich Roman's dining room.
The corner is missing as it was dug through in medieval times, when a far less grand person than it's original owner was digging out a rubbish pit! It all helped to cement in my mind how I was going to approach this painting. I've decided to layer collaged images, materials and paintings. Showing glimpses of what is now and was once was. Landscape paintings show what is around us as it appears to us, even abstract landscapes are still showing what surrounds us as it appears. I want to create a contemporary landscape which shows how we all walk within the remnants of the old, even older and the completely unseen.
Take for example Richard III, who could have known when parking their car that they were doing so on a King of England's head!
The unknown person from the middle ages who obliterated the corner of a fine Roman mosaic to create a rubbish pit; I wonder if he/she (most probably a he!) knew what they were digging through...possibly and didn't care/know what it was, but more than likely it was completely unseen to them.
So, for a place built on layer upon layer of yesterdays I hope to create a landscape which shows both the vibrancy and rich history of this glorious old settlement!