SALTY SHULS ON SALTY DAYS - 2016
Collected fingerprints on labels, nails on board
THE OBSERVATORY, LOOK IN LOOK OUT artist residency - Duration two months 2015
In November and December 2015 I was artist in residence in the Observatory, located on the Lymington Salt Marshes in the New Forest National Park. The actual Observatory itself was a beacon of engagement from all walks of life, whilst visitors walked the stunning nature reserve. It was important for me to respond to place. Living on a salt marsh, provided crucial context for research into salt and its production. Interaction with the community also played a vital role. During my residency I exchanged gifts of salt for fingerprints from passers-by and created 'Salty Shuls' by collecting 728 fingerprints.
I used elements from the environment to produce artworks that enabled a direct link to the landscape: I collected a 'black treasure' of ancient wood, and made my own study of water ripples and a 'dipped landscape' using 'Lymington ink'. I made the ink from a medieval recipe and used oak galls collected locally around the sea wall. I also colour-matched the sky and water everyday with a 27 year old Dulux colour chart. Each artist had a small film produced of their experience.
I produced a blog to record my residency see: https://jillymorrissaltydays.wordpress.com/