Company of Birds

These pieces emerged over 2020-2021. All made on my local beach, Castle Cove and Sandsfoot in Portland Harbour, Dorset. These creatures made themselves known to me. They were about their business as I was about mine. I grew to understand their rhythms and preferences. I’ve never heard terns call to each other without human noise interference across an empty harbour. It only happened in the first ‘lockdown’ during which the world really quietened. Sandsfoot clay and grit are readily available- greys, ocres and reds… especially ready for use after rain. These materials- together with beach sand and debris are integrated with gouache and watercolour.  

Frances Hatch-FOUR-OYSTERCATCHERS
FOUR OYSTERCATCHERS. True gesso, rusted iron, site earths, watercolour on stone. 22x13x5cm.
FRANCES-HATCH-CROWS-FORAGING-ALONG-RETREATING-TIDE-LINE-16x22cm
CROWS FORAGING ALONG RETREATING TIDE LINE. True gesso and watercolour with site materials on handmade cotton rag paper. 16x22cm paper size.
FRANCES-HATCH-PECKING-AROUND-AMONG-THE- WEED 16x22cm unframed size framed
PECKING AROUND AMONG THE WEED True gesso, watercolour and site materials on cotton rag paper. 16x22cm paper size.
SIGHTING-THE-FIRST-TERN-PORTLAND-HARBOUR-14x19cm-FRANCES HATCH
SIGHTING THE FIRST TERN, PORTLAND HARBOUR. True gesso, watercolour with site earths on handmade cotton rag paper. 14x19cm paper size.
GANNET-AMONGST-GULLS-SANDSFOOT-CASTLE 16x22cm unframed image size
GANNET AMONGST GULLS, SANDSFOOT CASTLE. True gesso, watercolour and beach earths on cotton rag paper. 16x22cm paper size.
Frances-Hatch-FORAGING-CROWS
FORAGING CROWS. diptych. Watercolour, beach earths and debris on handmade cotton rag paper. 31x9cm paper size.
Ravens-Foraging-Amongst-the-Weed- Frances-Hatch
RAVENS FORAGING AMONGST THE WEED. True gesso, watercolour and beach earths on cotton rag paper. 16x22cm paper size.
FRANCES-HATCH-RAVENS-SIP FRESH WATER 14x11x4cm unframed 30x28x6cm framed
RAVENS SIP FRESH WATER True gesso, watercolour and site material on wood (also from the site) 14x11x4cm.