“As They Saw Themselves” is a collection of sketches depicting the men as they worked down the mine.
Before I went down into the mine I was looking at the surrounding area and seeing its beauty. As soon as I entered the mine my whole concept changed. Harshness and danger impacted more than beauty. This led to my current collection of work. I have explored the rock patterns and contrasted them with the beauty that lies outside. More than this: once you’re in the mine you feel you can’t escape … as many miners never did. What’s left in the mines are memories and echoes from the past, with the marks made by man and ghostly shapes in the dark. Those memories are the theme of this exhibition.