#008 - David Shillinglaw
3 colour, hand pulled, screen print.
Signed and numbered by the artist.
50 x 70 cm, frame not included.
The vast and wide coastlines of the Danish country made it a perfect location for our eight trip. The summer house is a familiar retreat in Denmark, which offers a peaceful and tranquil environment as a getaway from the usual city life. Tucked away along the coastline, the typical summer house is surrounded by beaches, water, and wild nature. Built in the 70′s, the summer house we visited has been designed and built by the original owners, both architects. Constructed solely with wood, from the bedrooms to the porch surrounding the entire house, it really has that typical Danish coziness (or hygge, as the Danish call it). After having all our trips taking place in big city life, the Danish summer house will give us a chance to be inspired by the wild and beautiful nature, over-all tranquility and of course BBQ’s on the beach.
A little word from David
“My entire trip was driven by nature. Being able to escape the city and be far away from city life was like a breath of fresh air. I had high hopes before heading out, but no expectations. Once surrounded by trees, animals and the ocean, it felt like hitting the refresh button on my mental hard drive. I was able to genuinely relax and wind down, something I rarely get the opportunity for back home. I have spent a few very busy months on a number of projects and being at the summerhouse provided me with a very welcome change to my usual pace. I loved the place, really felt completely at home, which in turn gave me the opportunity to comfortably create new work. Even though I only spent a relatively short amount of time at the summer house, it has made a deep impression on me.
The title of my print is ‘Look to Nature’, summarizing the various sketches and observations I made. Attempting to capture the visual personality of nature as a series of symbols and hieroglyphs. From seed pods, to the coastline, to plants, patterns and textures. A mix of all things great and small. Initially the print had the text ‘Look to Nature’ included, but I removed it from the composition to give the print a less specific focal point or association. I feel the shapes, patterns and lines speak for themselves, they are self-explanatory. I am very interested in the notion of a universal language and feel like this print is a push for me towards a more abstract space.”