Location: United Kingdom
Moorland Productions was founded in 1986 to showcase the creative work of Seetha A & Kenneth Hay. We work across a variety of media including painting, printing, sculpture, installation, print, photography, video and sound. We have our own imprint`, The Moorland Press, and engage in art research, publications and several collaborations with other artists. We have evolved a method of collaborative and distributed working across our two locations in the UK and France which enables us to work on the same canvas over time, while working on other simultaneous projects.
A series of works in acrylic on canvas, exploring the various artistic styles of different cultures.
In a traditional landscape, there are usually three levels: Background, mid-ground and foreground. Here each level is painted using a different mode or style, derived from the historical styles of the culture in question (here Japanese); The decorative abstracted kimono style for the clouds; A landscape deriving from Hiroshige/Hokusai - the 'golden' age of 18th-century Japanese woodblock prints, and the modern photo-based style for the figure. Although each mode is essentially incompatible with the others, nevertheless the landscape 'reads' easily because we are so used to the tri-partite structure of a landscape.
This landscape uses three modes: the flat woodblock style of Hokusai for the background, the abstracted decorative style for the waves, and the modern photo-realistic style for the Geisha. The colours reflect typical harmonies of the kimono style.
Baghat Singh was a freedom fighter for Indian Independence from the British. He is depicted in three modes: the Bollywood style of Indian film posters for the figure, the Mughal Indian miniature style for the decorative window shape and the 19th-century decorative style for the floor-level tiles. The words in the window are his call to action. The 'deaf' being the British.
An on-going series of screenprints combining hand-drawn and photographic/litho techniques as used by Andy Warhol. Usually 3-7 colours, on Arches Paper.
From a series of portraits. Five colours, Transparent ink for the eyes. Size: 83 x 106 cm.
Checkpoint Charlie was the nickname for the key crossing point between the former East and West Berlin. It was a point of historical tension with a heavy police presence. Moorland Productions (Seetha A & Kenneth Hay) were in Berlin just before the Wall came down in 1989, Seetha was doing a German Interpreting Diploma in East Berlin and Ken was on the Western side, crossing through the border everyday bringing gifts from the more affluent West.