Between June 1979 and the early autumn of 1980 I worked on a series of paintings on paper entitled, Archaeology of Feeling. Twenty works were completed, the final one being the largest at 210 x 60 ins. I worked with acrylic, ink, coloured pencil, crayon and household emulsion. A large number of the works were included in an exhibition at Southampton City Art Gallery (March-April 1980). The following notes were included in the exhibition catalogue.
Archaeology speaks of human beings and time. Here it is as if time was suspended in the work itself, giving weight to the texture of my feelings as if they were laid down in paint, crayon, word and paper.
Each work is the site for an excavation. Layers of inner experience are revealed, their quality and structure can be seen.
In a physical sense the painted works are composed of many layers of opaque and transparent pigment, generating a rich surface. The history of each work is documented by its appearance. Smudges, swirls of paint, dabs and streaks, scribbled lines – these are used to plot shifts and currents of feeling. A chart is made, which, like a map of ocean currents or atmospheric conditions, makes visible what is invisible.