Starting with personal introductions to Benjamin Deakin and Diana Taylor’s artwork they will discuss the enduring relevance of Morris’ work and writings to contemporary artists and fine art practice today. In particular they will talk about their shared interest in the shifting temporalities in Morris’ writings, especially in News from Nowhere. In addition to this both artists explore Morris’s visual legacy in the form of layering, image appropriation and fragmentation.
In Deakin’s case he explores this through intentional references to Romantic tropes within landscape imagery which were the dominant mode in Morris’ day and persist, Deakin argues, to this day, albeit in a more highly mediated and commodified form.
Notions of poly-temporality, loss and obsolescence are explored through Taylor’s practice based PhD at Sheffield Hallam University. Working with a multi-disciplinary practice within painting, print and textile based works she is concerned with the merging and layering of traditional craft-based processes with mechanical and digital technologies.