My plan for Brisons was to not have a plan. I wanted to see what happened as a result of spending a week next to the sea in such a wild location. I had brought with me a camera, a video camera and the wherewithal to make Ukiyo-e: Japanese water-based woodcut prints.

The Ukiyo-e happened. It was a discipline to pursue every day. My co-artist Pennie Elfick and I went through all the thrills and spills of trying to make it work, and on the last day agreed that our collaboration had enabled us to arrive at a satisfying stage in learning this tricky technique.

Bronwen Bradshaw - Ukiyo-e print

Bronwen Bradshaw – Ukiyo-e print

The watery nature of the pigments echoed the sea outside, and when I look at my woodcuts and then my photos, the colours are the same, though they came through experimentation rather than observation. Clearly the sea – this sea – exerted a powerful pull on my subconscious.
I didn’t use the video. Instead I took hundreds of photos of the sea washing over groups of rocks, and edited these into odd, jerky, stop-motion videos. They work. Just.

Bronwen Bradshaw