Moorland Productions

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.


Portfolio:

Ethnological Forgery Series

A series of works in acrylic on canvas, exploring the various artistic styles of different cultures. The different parts of the image are executed in different modes, specific to the cultural context, but the image still remains 'readable' as a landscape or a portrait.

Geisha in Three Modes “Geisha in Three Modes”

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.

Geisha in Three Modes “Geisha in Three Modes”

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. Exhibited at Miami Spectrum Red Dot Art Fair, 2019.

Baghat Singh “Baghat Singh”

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.

Geisha in 2 Modes “Geisha in 2 Modes”

Third in the series of contemporary Geishas against a backdrop inspired by 19th-century woodcut and/or traditional kimono design.

Screenprints

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.

Hana “Hana”

From a series of portraits. Five colours, Transparent ink for the eyes. Size: 83 x 106 cm.

Checkpoint Charlie “Checkpoint Charlie”

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.

Les Paul at "Fat Tuesdays", NY “Les Paul at "Fat Tuesdays", NY”

At the time I met him in Fat Tuesdays New York, Les Paul had his arm set rigid in the 'playing position' following a car accident.
He was in good form though. The colours reflect an Andy Warhol/Pop art aesthetic.

Un Pueblo Unido “Un Pueblo Unido”

From a series of documentary images reflecting human reactions to political events. Whilst fear might, at times unite us, unity is nevertheless strength.

Floral

Flowers have been a continual source of inspiration over the years. They afford an excuse for some bright clear colour and tight drawing.
The complexity of form, and the play of light and shade becomes an engrossing abstract pattern across the canvas surface.

Agapanthas “Agapanthas”

The complex form of the Agapanthas stamens, lit by the sun, is contrasted with the dark shade of the garden, like an upturned chandelier.

Begonias “Begonias”

The scarlet bracts of Begonia add striking colour to the winter garden

Nerines “Nerines”

A complex filigree of yellow and orange against the dark shade.

Spider Plant “Spider Plant”

The spiky leaves delineate flat patches of colour and light.

Gorwel Deg “Gorwel Deg”

"Fair Horizons" in Welsh. Normally blue recedes. Here the challenge was to make the blue hydrangeas work as a foreground colour against the patchwork of filelds.

Control Mechanisms

A series of works which reflect on our preoccupation with security, surveillance and control. The RFID chips commonly found in products like CDs or books to monitor supply and prevent theft are omnipresent. Curiously, their circuit format also resembles the structures of arenas, labyrinths or the raked gravel of Zen gardens - which all have to do with mental or physical coordination or control. The colours and forms also hark back to American abstract painting of the 1940s and 50s as well as to the later Neo-Geo of the 1980s. These paintings are produced collaboratively with Seetha A. Both artists work on the same canvas, building up different superimposed physical and temporal layers.

CM_009 “CM_009”

Acrylic on textured acrylic with metalic and interference pigment. 100 x 100 cms. Recently bought for a private collection in the UK.

CM_005 “CM_005”

Acrylic, Metallic and Textured Acrylic on Canvas, 30 x 30 cm.

CM_006 ("Popsicle") “CM_006 ("Popsicle")”

Acrylic, textured and metallic acrylic on canvas, 30 x 30 cms. The colours here reflect Seetha's South Indian/Singaporean origins.

CM_019  ("Going for Gold) “CM_019 ("Going for Gold)”

Acrylic on acrylic textured canvas, 100 x 100 cms, 2011. The footprint of the running shoe and the gold foil reflect the Olympic spirit.

CM_018 ("AW") “CM_018 ("AW")”

A large 200 x 200 cms "Control Mechanism' dedicated to singer Amy Winehouse who's music inspired this piece.

CM_027 “CM_027”

A screenprint executed in Joan Miró's studio, Mallorca, Spain during a one month residency at the Joan & Pilàr Mirò Foundation, Mallorca,

CM_033 ('HK') “CM_033 ('HK')”

Oil on Canvas, 248 x 112 cms. A large 'Control Mechanism' inspired by the luggage tags at Hong Kong airport

CM_021 ("Zircon Blue") “CM_021 ("Zircon Blue")”

Acrylic and texturised metallic acrylic on canvas. 100 x 100 cms. The title refers to the metallic chip in the centre. The colours and form reflect Don Judd's minimalist work.

CM_010 ('Verdigris') “CM_010 ('Verdigris')”

Acrylic and metallic acrylic on canvas 100 x 100 cms. Commission for the Interpol Head Quarters, The Hague, Netherlands.

CM_013 ('Alien III') “CM_013 ('Alien III')”

Oil on canvas, 30 x 30 cms. The graphic design of these RFID chips recalls first generation console games such as 'Space Invaders'.

CM_014 ('Alien IV') “CM_014 ('Alien IV')”

Oil on canvas, 30 x 30 cms. The graphic design of this RFID chip seems to suggest an alien script.

CM_020 ('Sofia') “CM_020 ('Sofia')”

Shredded paper, temporary site-specific installation for the Telecom Sofia Head Quarters, Sofia, Bulgaria.

Galerie Nová Sín, Prague, CZ “Galerie Nová Sín, Prague, CZ”

Installation shot of 'Control Mecahnisms' at the Galerie Nová Sín, Prague 2011-2012. Catalogue and text by leading Czech curator/art Historian Tereza Petisková.

Galerie Cernà Linká, Brno, CZ. “Galerie Cernà Linká, Brno, CZ.”

"Whispering Zen Garden", plastic rocks, shredded paper, CD audio stereo soundtrack, hidden speakers. Part of the "Control Mechanisms' show which toured to Prage and Brno, CZ. The soundtrack was of whispered paranoid secrets and fears in male and female voices alternating from hidden speakers inside the two artificial rocks. The rocks were manufactured by the special effects producer for the James Bond franchise films. The shredded paper and rocks refers to the shredding of secret documents, and the use by British Secret services of rocks in London Parks to hide secret messages for its spy network.

CM_022 ('Georgia') “CM_022 ('Georgia')”

Shredded paper, site specific temporary installation at the Caravanserai National History Museum, Tbilisi, Georgia. Commission by the British Council, Georgia.

CM_026 ('Royal Manhole') “CM_026 ('Royal Manhole')”

Acrylic and metallic paint on Arches paper, 30 x 30 cms. Inspired by the cast iron drain covers near Buckingham Palace. During a Royal visit, the manhole covers are security-checked for explosives.