Rod Bugg's delicate tracing paper structures form transitory memorials to special walks taken with friends. Remembering my final walk with Elaine in Puglia and Remembering a walk with Emma in bluebells sit lightly in the Pilgrims Herb Garden, the Abbey Gardens.
Remembering my final walk with Elaine in Puglia
All hazy sun drenched days must end in shade,
And star kissed silent nights must bleach to white,
And memories like photographs will fade,
And morning's innocence mature to night.
And so to stem the flood of time, I fold
a paper shrine of gossamer and glue.
Five even walls which seem too slight to hold
the vastness of my memories of you.
I rouge the faces with Sirocco born
Saharan dust and track with pencil tip
a map of Fireweed seed, by Bora blown,
And seal your name in ink upon a lip
Eternally this shimmering vessel's depths
Will hold the secrets of our final steps.
We have exhausted earth and water as ways of remembering
So I will make your monument out of other elements.
A fountain of fire, to capture the movement of your passion,
Your change, your restlessness, your inability to be confined.
I will carve your statue out of air, and dress it in emperor’s clothes,
to express that you are Inexpressible, essential and loved.
Your portrait is in the ether, within the frame of my head,
Spiritual, fleeting, at once impermanent and eternal.
Rod Bugg is a sculptor who works primarily in clay and drawing. He has been represented by Galerie de Witte Voet, Amsterdam for many years, showing in June 2017 in 4 British Artistswith Martin Smith, Ken Eastman and Clare Twomey and was featured in the RAW Art Fair in 2014 and the forty years anniversary show in January 2015. In 2013 he had six pieces of work in the Discerning Eye exhibition at the Mall Galleries and won the Humphreys Purchase Prize. In 2014 he had a solo exhibition at North House Gallery in Manningtree, Essex.
Tim Welton is a theatre practitioner who, as an actor and director has worked on numerous productions including Light Shining in Buckinghamshire (Royal National Theatre) London Road (Royal National Theatre) Dancing at Lughnasa (Garrick Theatre) and Cabaret (Lyric and Savoy Theatre and National Tours). https://uk.linkedin.com/in/time-welton-3711742b Twitter @timwelton Facebook Time Welton
Natalie Low enjoys putting words on paper and believes that everyone has a book of some sort inside them. She has published two chapbooks, Dementia (2015) and School Run (2017). She is a regular contributor to CollectConnect exhibitions, both as a writer and artist/maker. Instagram nat.low Facebook Natalie Low