"Once, in the British Museum, I saw a drawing of a Chinese scholar's rock: a large craggy stone perforated with holes from a lifetime of erosion in a lake. I’m told these rocks were collected and used as a focus point to ponder nature’s ineffability. I began to make similar drawings, but ones that were entirely imaginary, starting with a blank sheet of paper and seeing where time would take me, what forms would appear. I guess in the end my drawings become a kind of metaphor for the unknowability of things in nature. But they are also about history and time; they refer to standing stones, flint tools and cairns. So they can’t help but be about human attempts to confront their place within nature, to respond to a landscape and to relate to time frames beyond a single life.
Tom Sewell (b. 1983 Kent, UK) gained an MA in Printmaking from Camberwell College of Arts in 2017. Selected groups exhibitions include: Jerwood Drawing Prize, Jerwood Space, London, 2017; On Rushing Water (with Alys Jenkins), Dye House 451, London (2017); In This Soup We Swim, Kingsgate Project Space, London (2016); New Abstract, Printhouse Gallery, London (2013). Solo exhibitions include: A Nature of Agencies, Losers Gym, Nottingham (2017). He lives and works in London.
You can see more of his work here: www.tomsewell.co.uk and on instagram @tomsewell
You can view this exhibition online at londonartsboard.blogspot.co.uk, on Facebook or in person on the corner of Vestry Road and Peckham Road, Camberwell, London SE5.