Britz and McGowan is a partnership of two artists: Margie Britz, who makes paintings and drawings, and Liz McGowan, a land artist working with natural materials. They both take inspiration for their work from the detail and pattern of landscape and much of their work has evolved through walks along the coastline and through play and experimentation with materials.
These drawings have been made by the artists working in collaboration and are the result of an ongoing conversation. On some, they have taken it in turns to make the marks. On others only one of them has made the marks with the other directing or contributing ideas.
All of the drawings have been made using natural materials – seaweed or starfish – as the drawing tools. No brushes or pens have been employed.
Asteroidea was inspired by the ceiling of the Mausoleum of Galla Placidia – Margie had the idea of taking starfish from the sea bottom and transforming them into a celestial body.