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The first call of spring
3 May 2018, 20:32

I heard my first cuckoo of the year, yesterday, out in the woods near my home. I didn't actually see it, but it was such a joy to hear that distinctive call — and I really feel it's a sign that spring has begun :)

My blog today features a couple of pictures I have been working on, both of Mile End underground station. This is such an interesting station; it's so rich in colour and bold in its geometric forms and lines.

The many tiled pillars along the two double platforms at this station break up the scene into a series of images as you walk along. It feels like walking through a living film spool or negative, and reminded me of some of Tacita Dean's work. It was this sense of framing that I wanted to portray in the wood engraving, recording the narrative taking place between a pair of pillars on different platforms.

For the oil painting, I've turned to a diagonal view of one of these pillars, which reveals a wonderful distortion of a stationary train held at a platform, captured by one of the Tube's convex mirrors. I have shown both the starting point of this picture and also a 'work in progress' shot.

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Rebecca works in a variety of media and has exhibited work at some of the country's most iconic locations — the prestigious Royal Academy of Arts, the Mall Galleries, and in Cork Street — and with distinguished organisations including the Society of Wood Engravers and the Royal Society of British Artists. She also regularly exhibits at other galleries across the UK and beyond, and in 2014 she was elected to the Society of Graphic Fine Art.