The work is inspired by the ancient route of the same name which runs from Bideford to Dartmouth, and was said to be used by sailors travelling between the two port towns in the 17th and 18th century. It’s a long hard walk over harsh terrain.
Edward took the 73 mile route and put 146,000 half-hitch macramé knots in tarred marlin rope – a medium integral to the sailors’ lives – to reflect each step undertaken by the mariners.
The Mariners Way exhibition incorporates a video piece, oil paintings, drawings, photographs and several limited edition woodcut prints in addition to a major rope sculpture.
From April to June 2012, an intricate ball sculpture created by Edward from the 6,000 metres of rope, was exhibited at The Forum, Exeter University. It was unravelled in the summer of 2013 to be transformed into a form of passage house – indicating the many nights spent by the mariners in unfamiliar settings – for the Heathercombe Gardens Sculpture Trail, EDGE 2013.
For his White Moose exhibition, Edward will again unravel The Mariners Way sculpture to create a new piece, the form of which is yet to be revealed.
Stella Levy and Julie Gavin from White Moose, told ArtsCulture: “We were extremely excited to discover Edward Crumpton almost three years ago now and have seen his work go from strength to strength ever since.
“He is certainly one of the most versatile and prolific new British artists we have come across and are convinced he will get very far very soon.”
Indeed, Edward’s work Mariners Way II, a wood engraving on Zerkall paper, has been accepted for the 76th Annual Exhibition of The Society of Wood Engravers in September, which will tour the UK in 2014.
Edward Crumpton – The Mariners Way will be at the White Moose Gallery from Friday, October 11 to Saturday, November 23.
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