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· Colin Rice

The art of repeated actions

Sawdust on the grass

Another cladding job.

Thirty pieces of Douglas Fir to be chamfered, a tedious job made tolerable by just enjoying the rhythm of doing.

Prepare: set the Black & Decker to 26.5 degrees; bring out the boards and stack them neatly.

Lay one at a time between saw-horse and sleepers; hot, dusty, screaming cut - the sweet resinous smell; turn, repeat; stack in container; gather up three bags of offcuts for kindling.

Over the next few days, watch the trace of sawdust fade into the grass.

Then, by chance, enjoy Richard Long's stacked slate moon at Houghton Hall.  A circle of overlapping stones, changing from silky smoothness to a stormy sea as you walk around the circle. Witnessing how art can come from a tension between intention, doing and reflection.

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