SOLITUDE SERIES l
SOLITUDE SERIES ll
The Solitude series of prints was created as a response to the Covid 19 Pandemic that struck in March 2020, subsequently, the periods of isolation as well as reconnection during the various lockdowns.
Some of us were trying our best to come to terms with finding ourselves on our own for long periods of time, navigating solitude, not being able to see family and friends or even travel, isolating for protection or to protect, loneliness creeping in, dealing with life’s traumas and many sadly and tragically losing their loved ones during the pandemic. We found ourselves in unfamiliar territory, retreating to our homes, to work, teach and to survive the best we could.
Shortly before Covid19 reached our shores Maxine became reunited with several of the South Devon beaches familiar to her childhood, full of memories past. What little pockets of time she had available she visited these beaches, Maxine would record images on her iPhone and take them back to her studio in Wiltshire which enabled her to make studies and start the process of creating work based on those discoveries. Then naturally, during the Pandemic when any subsequent lockdowns were lifted, Maxine would grab the chance to escape to this stunning part of the coast, continuing to document how considerably it had changed since she was there over ten years earlier. Maxine was shocked to see large chunks of cliffs had already disappeared dramatically into the sea, taking considerable sections of the South Devon Coastal path with it, new paths were later formed a bit further inland, directed though edges of neighbouring farmland enabling visitors to continue to walk this beautiful stretch of the coast. A few years later and the paths are redirected again further away from danger and the cliff edge but the scars redevelop and houses and the hotel is becoming more and more dangerously close to the edge. Shockingly, in the future in turn they will one day follow the same fate and come crashing down into the waiting sea below.
The Solitude series focuses on Ayrmer Cove and South Milton Sands with the inspirational Thurlestone Rock - a rock with a hole - a large and striking presence rising up from the sea – a feature running predominantly through this body of work. These beaches in particular became places of sanctuary and solace whilst working in the studio, offering up the ability to focus during the solitude facing us through those uncertain times and then gifting the space and tranquillity needed as we gradually emerged and ventured out onto our new pathways.
TREASURED COAST l: SOUTH DEVON UK
TREASURED COAST ll: DILLON BEACH CALIFORNIA
Our Treasured Coast is a conversation between Dillon Beach in California, USA close to where Maxine embarked on a residency at In Cahoots in 2019 and the reconnection with her beloved South Devon Coast in the UK. Dillon beach was a source of inspiration during her short stay in America which naturally when she returned home continued to evolve in her practice.