Tuesday, 6 March 2012

The pilgrims way

Hamish Fulton is an artist whos practice revolves around the experience of his walks. Often his walks across the landscape take him to obscure, inaccessible locations that are off the beaten track. He documents his journey with little more than a photograph of the places he visits choosing images that are unrecognisable and that seem to lead to nowhere. These images are accompanied by short texts outlining his journey.

When talking about his practice he stated that 'my work is about the experience of walking. The frammed artwork is about a state of mind- it cannot convey the experience of the walk. A walk has a life of its own,it does not need to be made into art. Iam an artist and choose to make my artworks from real life experience.' (Lailach (2007, p44)

excerpt from the Canterbury Tales

When April with all his Showers sweet with fruit,
The drought of March has pierced unto root,
Then do folk go on a pilgramage
And bathed each vein with liquor that has power,
To generate therein and shire a flower.
When Zephyr also has with its sweet breath,
Quickened again, in every holt and heath,
The tender shoots and buds, and the young sun,
Into the ram one half his course has run.
And many little birds make melody,
That sleep through all the night with open eye
(so nature pricks them into ramp and rage)
Then do folk go on a pilgramage,
And palmers to go seeking out strange strands,
To distant shrines well known in sundry lands
And specially from every shrines end....

Chapter 1: lines 1-15 of 860

No comments:

Post a Comment