Describing Architecture


Parsemage / Stephen Tierney


Inkjet print on Archival Permajet. 42 x 30cm. Edition of 6.

Parsemage Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4

Parsemage is a surrealist and automatic method in which dust from charcoal is scattered on the surface of water and then skimmed off by passing paper just under the water’s surface.

Dunse Copse
This project is an ongoing photography project connected to the design of a house in woodland in rural Surrey, this wooden house has involved the harvesting of local oak and ash over the last four years.

The ancient Wildwood – (Domesday) is a seeming rural idyll of wild life and rare species. However between the 1630’s and the late 19th Century the woods provided coppiced Ash, Willow and Oak for the production of charcoal for local gunpowder production for the East India Company. The local place names, buildings and crafts are embedded with woodland culture and this densely wooded part of England is threaded with paths and bridleways that served previous industrial purposes. In the place of gunpowder, smelting and glassmaking the woods are now a home to occasional traveling charcoal makers and woodsmen. The old names of many of the woodland species of plants recall the medicinal and magic history of these dark places.

Using near infra-red film has helped to create a view of these copses that is reduced, disorientating and patterned, a parallel to the experience of navigating through them.

Work in Process, Oak and Ash in all stages of seasoning and treatment from green to carbonised are used throughout the house design.