copyrIght Nicola Atchley 2017
My work is inspired by old tools and discarded metal items found in and around the Suffolk coast; rusty objects such as hooks, chains and working shackles. I am interested in the surface textures of the metal with its well weathered patina resulting from years of exposure and use. The process of etching creates similar results to that found on these eroded pieces and it is this that I seek to reproduce and represent, reflecting where possible their history.
I have recently made prints in response to drawings I made on beaches in Suffolk, the Outer Hebrides and Portugal last year. I am interested in the textures of the rocks and stones that have been weathered by the sea that make up these coastlines. Again the process of etching creates similar results to that found on these eroded landscapes.
As an extension of my work drawing the landscape and drawing and printing from objects washed up on the beach, I started to collect earth, mainly sand and shales from the south and west coast of Portugal, The Western Isles and from Suffolk beaches and rivers. I have turned this earth into pigments and started using it as a printing ink.