studio mo(nu)ments



[ moh-muhnt ]

an indefinitely short period of time; instant
the present time or any other particular time
a definite period or stage
importance or consequence
a period of success

[ noun mon-yuh-muh nt; verb mon-yuh-ment ]

something erected in memory of a person, event, etc.,
any building, megalith, etc., surviving from a past age
any enduring evidence or notable example of something
an exemplar, model, or personification of some abstract quality

and also a verb….. (a doing)………

*(abbreviated & adapted from*

Talking with the students at Killard House School this week, revisiting the moments we spent together at the MAC International in February and bringing forth some old mo(nu)ments – one could say these things I have piled up here on my desk are enduring (if inscrutable) evidence (perhaps even personifications) of an indefinitely short period of time (I had named them ‘witness’)  ……or to be ambivalent – from the perspective of now – the now –  of any number of other times, as they have lain in my studio as a constant ….beckoning……

in “still life” – primordial object – form becomes matter.. original purpose withdraws, the thing vitality is solid, its performance magnified in the stillness of its own particular vibration, inscrutable, ever present, monumental.




More ecology drawings

I decided not to submit, though am tempted by the Eigse curatorial theme this year :

This year’s Art Works Open Submission invites artists to submit work that considers farming, sustenance and encounters with the land.

Encounters with the land perhaps, farming at a pinch, sustenance yes. Ecology drawings can spin from all of these things. Titles remain elusive for now…

farHorizons.jpgNearing horizons: Weather growth knot


Beeswing: Comb rhymes with home



I am constantly trying to tune in with chance in my practice, invoking coincidence and allowing random events and chance encounters to open up connections with the world about me and help me to tune in to resonances from the universe.
This drawing I called Tesla’s Egg, and I made at the end of August . At the same time astronomers were getting their first magnetic waves back from a collision of neutron stars 130 million years ago when dinosaurs roamed the earth… I found out from an article published in Discover Magazine this week


these coincidences offer moments of synchronicity perhaps a tapping into the fine tuning of universal phenomena…. I am struck by Robert Dienel’s impression of the event and how similar in form it is to my drawing…


this is from an article

Dawn of an Era: Astronomers Hear and See Cosmic Collision

By Eric Betz | October 16, 2017 9:00 am


These are drawings combining images from my neglected garden, and my own interior landscapes allowed to play out on paper while listening to podcasts from Timothy’s Morten’s idea of The Mesh, and a musical studio environment created from classical and experimental music on lyric FM.
The drawings are not specifically about something definitive, more a series of entanglements, a processing of these various exposures. I see them as compositions in the musical sense, taking form from soundscapes merged with headspace imaginings.

Interior Jungle
Flutter vortexCloudball


MIxed ecology

the branch of biology that deals with the relations of organisms to one another and to their physical surroundings.

This is the result of time spent with dried leaves graphite pencil paper and Lyric FM

25 July on an overcast evening changing from daylight to fluorescent midway