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The Ironstone Cardinals
Ironstone and earth on canvas. 2021
90cm x 90cm
The central section of this piece is a canvas panel stained with a pigment I made using ironstone rocks from the North York Moors; small pieces I found near the old Sheriff's Pit mine, just east of Blakey Ridge.
The other four panels are canvas stained with earth; earth collected from the four locations indicated by the cross on the map: one to the north; one to the south; one to the east; and one to the west; of the central location that yielded the ironstone rocks.
The four cardinal points of the compass.
The cross on the map - indicating the points at which the ironstone and the earth were to be collected - was found engraved onto three small pieces of slate, in the churchyard of St Andrew's in Ingleby Greenhow; a village on the western edge of the moors, and a place that has strong associations to the old ironstone industry that once dominated in the area.
The small, three-piece slate cross can be found near a broken, stepped stone plinth, on the right, at the end of the path leading south-west from church porch doorway towards a small brook.
These photographs were taken in September 2021, and I would hope that the small slate cross is still where I found it... - should you ever be near Ingleby Greenhow and like to visit the churchyard.