Time, tides, distances and temperatures are scrawled across a gallery window in Deptford.
Andy Wicks is documenting his two-month residency at Occupy My Time.
A series of site-responsive works have been unfolding over the past two months. Wicks – combining a long-standing fascination with the River Thames and his love of urban rambling – is exploring one of its tributaries and the hinterland.
The area has a rich maritime history – the Deptford Dockyards, established by Henry VIII – were one of England’s principal naval yards for 300 years.
Growing up in Bromley near the River Ravensbourne – which ends in the tidal reach of Deptford Creek – Wicks has found parallels between his childhood and 16th century master shipbuilders the Petts. He has examined this legacy with a twelve-mile walk from Petts Wood to their former shipbuilding yard in Deptford.
Walking – a key component of his artistic process – allowed Wicks to explore the Creek, collecting industrial remnants, traces of a shipbuilding past, while analysing the changes that have occured in the area.
Creating a physical connection between his outdoor journeys and the gallery, Wicks has erected a seven metre jetty extending along the inside of the space. The Doldrums isn’t an archaeological display – but an artistic reading into artefacts, local history and the creek.
Drawing on local historical societies, books, maps and photographs, the upcoming exhibition The Doldrums is a fascinating glimpse into Deptford’s nautical past .