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Zeroes and ones
Not-threads and threads
Knot-threads
A pocket theory of carrying

Casting the net out: reaching, collecting, connecting, containing,

I knot the net-work beyond a mind-frame of overthinking, tangled thoughts, not-thinking:

Casting on creates the space, tying the first knot is the fishing boat to where the wild things are.

Refracted looping 
Undulations afoot 
And holding it all down, I glitter above the broken Shreddies 

Cold that draws the comfort from my hand is
Ungainly 
Slumping it out 
Dragging dust crumbs and hair, a shrivelled pea becomes a geological erratic
Hanging the duvet dropped the once-green boulder almost silently downstairs 

They said it would be up to seven working days for a new filter part. In the meantime, strata were laid: unwatched cornflakes pushed methodically into the carpet, gusts of loom dust hesitated
Wavering over the weight of physics. 

The luminescence held within quartz tells when the mineral last saw daylight. Defects within the crystal structure trap electrons: which Vax nozzle is best to suck these β particles out? ‘Static electricity, even the interactions of one atom with another can overpower the call of gravity.’ 

Space is very dusty. Vacuuming the vacuum, I've got a labelled box waiting. 

How would Nan Shepherd cope with housewifery? Would she too unload the washing machine to find the Glacier of Rosenlaui in 200 thread-count cotton?

Traversing the domestic environment, I enact geological processes by hand to feel close to what is distant, threads become sediment in a woven cliff face.

My work is dealing with all of these moments.

sl.bolton@hotmail.co.uk

Selected Exhibitions

Earth-Speech, Cranleigh Arts Centre, Cranleigh, 2020 [postponed]
I’ll show you mine if you show me yours, with Rosalind Wilson, London, 2020 [postponed]
Surface Matters, Take Courage Gallery, London, 2020
A History of Drawing, Camberwell Space, London, 2018
weit genug / far enough‘, Klosterkirche Peter und Paul, Angermünde, 2016
Online, Perhaps? , world wide web, 2016
Drawing, Perhaps?, Crow’s Nest Gallery, London, 2015
Being in Place, Workspace, London, 2015
Springboard, Perhaps?, APT Gallery, London, 2015
Summer Salon, Angus-Hughes Gallery, London, 2015
‘so much depends upon…..’, Nunton Steadings, Benbecula, 2015
Camberwell College of Arts Undergraduate Summer Show, London, 2015
And More Again, Gallery on the Corner, London, 2015
Room With a View, Hotel Elephant, London, 2015
‘so much depends upon…..’, Tent Gallery, Edinburgh, 2014
‘so much depends upon…..’ within Nil X Mouth, Holyrood Palace, Edinburgh, 2014
HERE-IN, HERE Creative Centre, Stöðvarfjörður, 2014
Gold, 29-31 Oxford Street, London, 2014
UNIT, Café Gallery Projects & Dilston Grove, London, 2014

Residencies & Prizes

Artist in Residence at St Joseph’s Specialist Trust, Cranleigh, 2019-2020
Shortlisted for the Westmorland Landscape Prize, 2019
Inaugural Studio Garonne residency, St-Martory, 2019
Shortlisted for the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize, 2018
SMDU Collective residency, Angermünde, 2016
Perhaps? Collective group residency, Crow’s Nest Gallery, London, 2015
Group residency at Hotel Elephant, London, 2015
HERE Creative Centre, Stöðvarfjörður, 2014

Education & Peer Groups

Into the Wild, Chisenhale Studios, 2020 – ongoing
Crit Club, 2019 – ongoing
Surface Matters, 2019 – ongoing
Camberwell College of Arts, UAL, BA (Hons) Drawing, 2012 – 2015
CCW Progression Centre, UAL, Foundation Diploma in Art & Design, 2011 – 2012

 

Workshops & Classes

Upcoming

Common Threads, July 11, 2020, 1:00 pm, Cranleigh Arts Centre, Cranleigh

[postponed]

Encountering Dust, July 19, 2020, 1:00pm, Cranleigh Arts Centre Cranleigh

[postponed]

 

Past

Earth-Speech with Andrew Kerr,  SET, Lewisham

Netting Weaving with The Beach Clean Project, Penryn

Learn to Weave at Taigh Chearsabhagh, North Uist

Groundwerk 4.5: Weaving with Turf Projects, Croydon

Learn to Weave at Surrey Art School, Newdigate

Drawn from Life at Surrey Art School, Newdigate

Young Sketchers tutor at Surrey Art School, Newdigate