Lucy May Schofield and Patrick Gabler met while on residency at Kala Institute in California in 2016 and have written letters and exchanged prints and drawings with one another since then. They first collaborated on a woodblock print last November, with Patrick drawing and Lucy carving and printing the image in Northumberland. They spent time on their residency here exploring themes that cross over within each other's work; inspired by a dialogue between the drawn line and the carved shape. Patrick spent his days making charcoal and pastel drawings outside as the tide ebbed and flowed, while Lucy observed the luna cycle, charting the passage of their time through carving and printing waxing and waning moons.
A favourite discussion we had with Lucy and Patrick was around colour and what is means to us, and what are the colours of our lives. Lucy is well known for her use of blue, she employs blue in many of her prints as blue holds a lot of meaning for her. Throughout their stay they both were struck by the many colours of the estuary and saw a prominent yellow stand out amidst the colours, which they took in to their work.
During their residency Patrick worked with a new series of colours given to him by Lucy, a departure from his recent monochrome works. In return Lucy incorporated motifs from Patrick’s drawings into her woodblocks, carving unfamiliar shapes and forms printed with blue gradations. Their time together creating in the same place gave them the freedom to explore new ideas and possibilities in their independent practices as well as through new collaborations.
“It was invaluable for us to share this inspiring space where time extends and light illuminates, and we are excited to see what grows from this period together.” - Lucy
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