Resonances Retold

2016 to 2017


Inspired by York Art Gallery’s refurbished Main Gallery, this body of work evolved from responding to the passages of light formed by the historic architecture as they traced over features in the space. The installation, Resonances Retold, comprising graphite drawings and digital prints on translucent paper, was on show at York Art Gallery from October 2016 to March 2017. Hung in layers interacting with the rhythms of natural light in the space, the work changed throughout the day and with the seasons, uniting with its surroundings.

This work was informed by the project DRAW! (February to April 2016) that aimed to encourage York Art Gallery visitors to engage with drawing, with nearly 1300 drawings being produced by the public over the course of the three month project.

Working alongside visitors each week, two different drawing approaches were tested and analysed; drawing in response to video and making drawings whilst in the Main Gallery, with particular interest in the shadows cast by the rhythms of natural light as they interacted with the architecture. Working was enhanced by researching the history of the space, including architect Edward Taylor’s original 1874 to 1878 drawings. Progress was communicated to Gallery visitors through a weekly journal on display in the Project Gallery.

An earlier version of Resonances Retold was shown as part of See:Saw at York St John University in May 2016.