The Artwork above by Anthony Marshall “Reflections 2” Hybrid Media 60x25cm on Textured Aluminium, Victoria Quays, Sheffield. This image is made up of Light reflecting off a refurbished railway bridge over the canal, the subtle colours are from the bridge itself, the blue is from the sky. Once I have finished a piece of artwork I can transfer it onto a wide range of substrates such as wood, metal, glass, ceramic, textiles and art papers. Because of the industrial history of the canal I have chosen to use textured aluminium on this series of artworks.
This is my first blog so I thought it would be important to give
some idea of how I work as an artist
Sheffield Canal Basin (Victoria Quays)
Over the last three years I have been exploring the canal basin in Sheffield and like the impressionist painters I visit my locations many times as it is fundamental for me to form an intimate knowledge and connection to the landscape. I never arrive at a location by accident only by design. I can only create these images when the elements conspire to give just the right conditions, wind speed and direction and quality of the light which is constantly changing through out the year. Put simply I have to get myself to the right place at the right time, whilst endeavouring to understand the local weather patterns, it is the same for all my locations. Sheffield Canal Basin is now known as Victoria Quays, and is at the head of the Sheffield and Tinsley Canal close to Sheffield City Centre, and dates from 1814. It’s now a mixture of contemporary hotels, offices, light engineering, apartments and traditional canal boats adapted for use as long term living accommodation. Moving further down the tow path away from the canal basin you enter an historical time line, industrial buildings and bridges from the earliest days of the canal through to the prefabricated buildings of the present day and everything in between.
Seeing The World In Reflection
What interests me here is viewing the world in reflection, which fundamentally changes the way I see and understand the environment that I am exploring. I have over the years created many artworks exploring the movement of water, these images draw their inspiration from the extraordinary properties of water. More than two thirds of the earths surface is covered with liquid water. Pure water has no colour, taste or smell. A pinhead-size drop contains about one billion billion molecules, and these strongly attract each other especially at the surface, where their mutual attraction forms a strong skin known as surface tension. Under the right conditions this creates the illusion that the water has changed viscosity, allowing complex abstract patterns and colours to form for a fleeting moment on the surface. These reflections are constantly changing which is both mesmeric and metaphysical, the changing light and wind speed on any given day only adds to the dynamic.