Local artist bursary winner Jo Taylor echoes Amesbury’s rich geological history in her artwork

 
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Jo Taylor, one of six local artists who have been granted a bursary under the ‘Frames of Reference’ project, part of the public art commissioning programme for the King’s Gate development in Amesbury, Wiltshire, is creating a piece of work using sketching and printmaking. Using these techniques, she’s trying to convey layers of history by working over old drawings and prints to reflect the many settlements on this site over the course of history, and how these settlements have imprinted on the landscape over time.
     
Her research has taken her to Amesbury Abbey and the landscape surrounding it. The pink in her development sketches (above) echoes the unique geological phenomenon of the stones at this site, where the rocks display a unique pink lichen effect where they have reacted with water.

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