Thus Tess Walks On

Ongoing project - 

Thus Tess Walks On - creates a terrain for the protagonist to wander through in Thomas Hardy's nineteenth century novel Tess of the D’Urbervilles. By applying a set of rules across the entire novel, only Tess’s forward movement through the landscape of the novel remains, as other characters join her along the way we can glimpse and guess at the ongoing drama. The scheme is illustrated by a series of extracted texts and photo etchings. I have drawn on my own relationship to place, by re-visiting corresponding sites in England and Wales to find an equivalent to the movement and landscape of the novel. Tess’s journeys, through tracks, crooked lanes, roads, paths, ascents and descents now seem connected as one long and exhausting journey and this seeking out of an imagined but potentially real landscape has taken on a life of it’s own. 

This print illustrates some of the 150 instances where Tess walks through the terrain of Thomas Hardy's novel Tess of the D’Urbervilles. Characters sometimes join Tess along her way over the changing landscape of the novel. The number on the left hand side denotes the paragraph numbers through the book. This print functions as a to do list or shot list. On completion of a print for a particular excerpt of text I strike the line through. This is one of the 5 pages of excerpts exhibited alongside prints completed to date. 

This print illustrates some of the 150 instances where Tess walks through the terrain of Thomas Hardy's novel Tess of the D’Urbervilles. Characters sometimes join Tess along her way over the changing landscape of the novel. The number on the left hand side denotes the paragraph numbers through the book. This print functions as a to do list or shot list. On completion of a print for a particular excerpt of text I strike the line through. This is one of the 5 pages of excerpts exhibited alongside prints completed to date.