There are 19 artists from Ouse Life and the show has now been up for a week. If you are anywhere in or near Ely, come and see it- it's really worth while. There are sculptures, paintings, prints, hand made books and of course textiles exhibited throughout the Cathedral. My fellow artists have done some amazing work and we've had some great comments.
For me, one of the the most exciting 'secrets' of the cathedral is the archive which is held by Cambridge University. When I first started to look at the documents I was attracted by the beauty and patterning of the scripts themselves and I started to use these in the textiles. But as I progressed to looking at more recent documents I found the content really fascinating. When I say 'recent', I am talking about documents from about 1630 onwards. About that time, everyday texts begin to be written in English rather than Latin and the writing becomes more legible to the modern eye.
The audit books and accounts were really fascinating - bills paid to workmen, grocery shopping, taxes and charity payments were all itemised and receipts signed on scraps of paper.
|I chose St Catherine's chapel for the siting of the work - a beautiful peaceful place which is accessible to anyone for silent prayer and meditation at any time.|
|And I printed 18 banners - one for each of the archways which curve round the chapel. I wanted the banners to read as a single artwork.|
|Each banner is different. The designs are a combination of sketches I did of architectural elements and the archive texts.|
|It felt like I was 'dressing' the chapel|
|So here's a detail across 3 of the banners showing texts from an audit book - payments for labour and workmanship. The music is written instructions for the choir.|