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Gail was paired with Gillian Colhoun for the Common Place project.
Gillian: Gail and I live 500 miles apart. She's in metropolitan East London. I’m in the north of Ireland surrounded by rolling drumlins and a hyper-verdant colour palette - the counterpoint to Gail’s normal subject matter. Quite quickly we agreed to explore the theme of solitude through contrast. I addressed it as something familiar and comforting, while Gail depicted Borough Market, not as its normal bustling and busy self, but as a strange and other worldly empty shell.
Life had been so chaotic during lockdown that my body was yearning for peace and contemplation. Near my house, I can make a short journey up a grassy lane, pass through a rusty old gate towards my favourite egg-shaped hill. There, I can sit in silence, take a breath and enjoy the sometimes-view of the Mourne Mountains. My sestude is a testament to the restorative power of that solitary experience.
By emphasising the contrast in our two places, looking for areas of tension and relief, we hoped to find a simple balance.
A Time of Quiet, by Gillian Colhoun
There is freedom in hiding plainly In private corners
of blissful silence
Where restless journeys back and forth Prompt breathless questions in and out.
On velvet hills laden with thistles Cloudy thoughts circling above my head Transition into beautiful conversations with myself.
Where mountains whisper goodbye and hello Using misty cloaks of anonymity to disappear and reappear