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Image by Martin Crampin.

Contemporary images based on medieval patterns

Llananno screen

Art and Medieval Visual Culture


Image based on carving at LLanannoI have exhibited widely over the last twenty years, including group and solo exhibitions in galleries and cathedrals. During this time I have consistently engaged with historical visual culture, basing my work on ancient and medieval patterns.

Over the last decade this work has focused on new interpretations of medieval decorative art surviving in medieval churches in Wales. Digital imaging provides me with a convenient and surprising way of making images from a variety of sources and processes, as well as the opportunity to present the results of these interactions in a variety of formats.

Drawing, painting, photography, rubbings and scanned sources can be transformed, layered and juxtaposed, and then exhibited in different ways: projected as still or animated images, or reproduced as limited-edition giclée prints on paper and on canvas.

Image based on carving at DerwenThis visual work is constantly informed by my research into ecclesiastical visual art, with which I have been engaged at the Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies since about 2002. It was also the subject of my recent PhD study at the Centre (2011–15).

My most recent work has included images based on examples of medieval art such as carved wooden rood screens, ceramic tiles and grotesque sculpture, from sites including the former Cistercian abbey at Strata Florida, and parish churches at Llananno and Gresford. These works take the forms and patterns of medieval examples and combine and colour them in new ways for a contemporary audience, occupying a creative space between reinterpretation and invention, between tradition and innovation.

 

 

Strata Florida tiles, digital image by Martin Crampin.
Image based on tiles from Strata Florida, 2014

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