Project Six: 10days Winchester: CaCO3

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10 days Winchester Arts Biennal: Chalk 2015

CaCO3: Theatre Royal Winchester

With special thanks to: 

Trish Bould
Sara Roberts
Mark Yorke at Sombourne chalk quarry
Kate Raines
Spatz Crawford
Theatre Royal Winchester

Chalk: A white soft earthy limestone (calcium carbonate) formed from the skeletal remains of sea creatures. (Oxford Dictionary) 

Presented onto un-stretched canvas elevated away from the wall CaCO3 dismisses any formal idea around painting the canvas is simply a surface to work up on. Using chalk extracted from the local landscape a material that is core to Winchester's geological makeup is used as a mark-making tool and has a strong sense of place. 

Led by process and materiality Chalk is a material that will always leave a trace when handled the tonal range found in white from the raw chalk very much underpins this new piece of work. 

White often references ideas of wholeness, neutrality and purity within western culture. It can create an equal balance for all other colours. It's ability to reflect colour means it can amplify light throughout space. 

"We are so delighted to have the involvement of Kim Norton in CHALK. Trained as a ceramicist, she brings to the project a focus on materials, physical presence and mark making that highlights this year's theme in new ways." 
Trish Bould, creative director of 10 days