Tim Pugh

Environmental and Mixed Media Artist

“Bigfoot Imprint “

“Bigfoot Imprint ” was created at South Beach in Whitehaven, West Cumbria in August 2017.The intervention was created in response to witnessing massive amounts of plastic waste deposited on the beaches in West Cumbria throughout the summer. To highlight the sheer volume and different types of plastic waste I created a towering edifice from material collected from nearly St Bees beach. I adhered the colourful waste onto a traffic cone borrowed from the nearby harbour and situated the artwork next to the sea. The cone itself acts as a warning sign and was embossed with the title “Bigfoot ” hence the title. After photographing the artwork it was disassembled and the cone returned to its spot on the street guarding against a hole in the ground. 

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“Toy Soldier Drawing “

The artwork  is part of a series of drawings of retrieved toys picked up from various beaches in West Cumbria. I sketched the soldier onto discarded sheeting also found on the beach using a black marker pen. As well as highlighting environmental degradation and pollution in the marine environment I was drawn to a sense of melancholy evoked by discovering the toys washed up on the sands .Maybe the toys were left on the beach by children initially and then taken out to sea by the tide.?All the toys I have collected so far show signs of wave erosion resulting in missing limbs or soldiers minus their guns for example,resulting in dismembered states of appearance. I felt sympathy for their abandoned plight and and am curently resurrecting their status by sketching them and showing the results by the beaches they were discovered. The toy soldier drawing was pinned onto a beach groyne at St Bees beach in West Cumbria in August 2017.

“Plastic World “

The temporary installation was created and sited at South Beach in Whitehaven, West Cumbria in June 2017.The ongoing theme was plastic environmental pollution on the beaches especially at St Bees beach which seems to have plenty of plastic waste deposited on the tideline. At times, the world is seemingly drowning in plastic and I wanted to illustrate my concerns by creating a circular intervention symbolic of the planet .Ironically, I had to purchase a beach ball in order to adhere all the different types of plastic I collected from the beach in a two hour preparation session.Again, I was equally seduced by the vivid colours and enjoyed juxtapositioning the contrasting colours and shapes to create a spiky kind of  “Death Star “.The breeze wanted to push the globe across the beach and it had to be secured by hidden pebbles. After photographing the artwork it was taken to a local High school for pupils to recycle and create more artwork on the same theme.

“South Beach Map “

The temporary map /installation was created at South Beach in May 2017.The artwork is a drawing of a map of the area next to North Beach in Whitehaven where I have been collecting washed up Victorian pieces of domestic ceramic and glass on the tideline . The fragments were used to create an installation in a gallery in North Wales a month later and the map drawing on the beach was an experimental trial run to see the materials were successful and if they complimented each other. I sketched the detail from the map onto a sandstone boulder and incorporated the ceramic finds on the surface. Rainwater has since obliterated the lines leaving no trace of the drawing. I like to work on this beach and try out ideas despite the beach being inaccessible and closed to the general public. I have to squeeze through a fence and clamber down rough ground in order to get access and be mindfull of high tides that could cut me off.

“Sycamore Sketch “

The outdoor artwork is a drawing of a crumpled and shrunken sycamore leaf, sketched onto the smooth bark surface of a tree.The tree was located at Black Wood ,at the bottom of a hill called Dent near Cleator Moor in West Cumbria. I used black and white charcoal to convey the various ripples of the shrunken leaf as I embossed the sculptural form onto the dry and very smooth surface.The drawing took 3 hours to complete and resembled a tattoo in form and composition. Black Wood is a very atmospheric place to work in and at times has an eerie feel especially in Winter.

“Tidal Puzzle “

I found a piece of jigsaw at South Beach near Whitehaven in West Cumbria and sketched out the outline onto a boulder using pencil and mixed media in February  2017. I wanted to convey a sense of mystery related to the unceasing motions of the tides and incorporated a photograph of the same beach at high tide. This was to suggest the inner workings of the complexity of tidal ranges and the artwork itself was photographed just as the sea threatened to engulf the drawing. I rubbed in charcoal to highlight the illusion of an ocean inside the boulder and the artwork lasted a couple of days before becoming engulfed in shingle. 

“Moon Tide”

The temporary drawing was created at South Beach in Whitehaven, West Cumbria in March 2017.The beach is a dangerous location due to subsidence from an old colliery tip and is closed to the public.I have to scramble over a wall and negotiate a steep bank to get access but it is one of my favourite places to create art because of the intriguing  variety of manmade and natural materials available to work with. I like to draw on the sandstone boulders and experiment with different materials in between the tides.”Moon Tide” was created on a freezing cold day using Moon imagery to suggest it’s influence on the tides .I used a photocopy and charcoal to create the idea of a window effect,highlighting  the natural textures within the boulder to compliment the imagery.The artwork took four hours to create and a recent visit back to the boulder revealed it was buried amidst shingle with only the tip showing,testament to the power and influence of the ever changing tides on the shoreline. 

“Beech Grids “

The temporary installation was created on a blustery day at Hawarden Park in North Wales in November 2016.Autumn was in its final throes and provided a cover of intensely coloured beech leaves.The vivid hues reminded me of a watercolour box and I had the idea to replicate the ‘pans’ of colours onto the smooth surface of a host Beech tree.Previous heavy rain had soaked the bark and this had the effect of acting like an adhesive in which to adhere cut out squares from Beech leaves onto the surface. I arranged the squares in a colour coordinated grid and as time went on the artwork because increasingly difficult to create. ..the breezes started to dry out the tree surface thus diminishing  the adhesive effect and the leaves started to blow away. I had a frustrating time photographing the artwork as leaves would conspire to blow away just as I was about to press the shutter button on the camera.In a few days time,all the leaves had turned brown due to the onset of early Winter frost but was glad I managed to create something from this final flush of Autumn 

“Dressed to impress “.

The woodland installation was created at Hawarden Woods in Flintshire , North Wales in October 2016.I borrowed a coathanger from a nearby clothes shop and proceeded to sketch out an outline of a wedding dress into the soft soil.I then filled in the interior space with carefully selected beech leaves , graduating the colours as I went . The effect was like the scales  of a fish and the colours of the leaves echoed the seasons of the woodland to maximum contrasting visual effect.The presence of a slight breeze threatened to disrupt the artwork but by late afternoon , all was calm again .The artwork took 5 hours to create and was covered in a new carpet of fallen leaves within a day.

“Glass Boat “.

This temporary installation was created in between the tides at North Beach in Whitehaven , West Cumbria in Autumn 2016.I collected fragments of glass gathered from the tideline and arranged them within an outline of an old schooner sketched out on the sand.The  boat was an old vessel originally constructed in Whitehaven and I wanted to use a material connected with the sea,hence the use of gathered glass.The glass itself came from old bottles which themselves had fragments of text embossed with references to Whitehaven hence reinforcing the links and connections with the subject matter and materials used.The artwork took 5/6 hours to create and photograph and was gone the next day with the glass being reclaimed by the waves .