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  • Writer's pictureRosemary Lawrey

7 New beginnings

Today’s image is one I made in 2015, and I made the sound recording yesterday as I walked along the pier. The image was inspired by my urban wanderings as I searched for the elusive Basingstoke Canal. The canal was not to be found in the town, but I did find a line of pedestrians painted into the concrete path where I thought it should be. I imagined one of them getting up and, perhaps dragging a bit of concrete along behind him, going off for a look about town. He was my first contribution to “The Basingstoke Project” the first exhibition to be put on with my art collective, Artikinesis. After more exhibitions, a colouring book and an installation at Sticks Contemporary Gosport, Artikinesis took a rest for a while when I moved to the seaside and then sadly our youngest member Elinor, who had come up with our name, died. Artikinesis met for the first time for just over a year this week courtesy of zoom. The meeting was a tentative one. We had no agenda and no expectations, but by the time we said goodbye, we’d decided on a new online exhibition and even had our theme, and a date to meet again in two weeks. As I walk along the pier at my new home town, I’m always cheered by the line of painted people on the pathway, showing us pedestrians where it’s safe to walk. They look purposeful, in a hurry, and happy just to be moving. That reminds me of the motto of Artikinesis – “keep looking, keep moving”. Who knows what’s round the corner.

Select "picture-in-picture" to listen to soundtrack and look at painting at the same time.


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liz
liz
Jan 26, 2021

Being lost in Basingstoke is probably out of his comfort zone - if concrete has a comfort zone!

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rosemary
Jan 25, 2021

I thought of him as quite a friendly alien. Perhaps he looks menacing just because he's confused and defensive, and concrete. I don't know what that cheerful little high-pitched bird at the beginning was, but there were loads of varieties I heard on that walk, a curlew, a flock of starlings perched on the railings, and you can probably hear the pigeons' voices echoing under the pier a bit further along. They definitely think it's spring. The comment about the old maps is interesting. It was put together from scraps of memory and scribbled sketches done while moving, as well as a figment or two.

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liz
liz
Jan 25, 2021

It reminds me of one of those old maps where they don't use an aerial view but little pictures of the places as they would be if you were on the ground. It works quite well with the sound track - which I love. The spring birds (how can I tell the difference? Must be the species but they also sound more joyful) and the footsteps on the pavement. I also like your big concrete man - who looks more like an alien - gazing menacingly as he strides around the town. I found myself looking for places I knew.

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