Landslide of Land and Sea, connects to the shorelines, edge lands, ecological landscape, on the coastal region of the Hastings Cliffs to Pett Level, walks made during lockdown to the present day . Assessing the venerabilities of our landscape, walking journeys, surveys over black rocks and boulders with evident coastal erosion and plant loss. This area is a site of special scientific Interest and a special area of conservation, these areas are so designated because they include nationally important habitats and rare scarce insects and plants. Our landscapes are dynamic and transforming but climate change is affecting and impacting these coastal areas on land and sea.
How are these areas being affected? and how can cultural organisations, communities envision a caring future within these historical communal places where identities are bound in the natural landscape.
Research: Landslide events tied to extreme weather and climate change have increased in recent years , landslides in cold areas are becoming a hot issue in landslide research.
Living on the Sussex Coastline I have experienced coastal changes, erosion, rockfall, boulders the size of cars falling along this changing coastal landscape. Returning here in 2020- 21 there are more of these boulders, evidence of tree fall, loss of plants, continuous erosion along this area of outstanding beauty. Climate change affects the rise of sea levels with the production of bigger waves incoming onto the rocks; edge lands of an important landscape for wildlife, birds, fish, plankton and mammals.
After a site visit to a newly constructed Garden City in Swanscombe and Dartford;
I began to see a place rich in history and nature. I’ve been selected to submit a creative proposal for ‘Phase 1’ on the waterfront connecting a community to an area on the waters edge. This piece is of a mixture of alternative printing techniques works I made in response to connecting a community to nature. They could be seen as temporary works installed by the waters edge, details on wildflowers and flora significant to wildlife, nature and a community.
Spring is making an appearance some of us have been germinating seeds thinking about nature. I’ve teamed up with Anna Locke from Ore in Bloom and Ore Community Land Trust where I manage the community garden in Speckled Wood. We are offering ‘free’ gardening mini courses with; vegetable growing, pruning fruit trees, growing pollinator flowers and much more with our weekly video’s coming soon.
My practice has been changing as lock down progressed I was thinking and using more sustainable ways to practice and process ideas. This is continuing as I spend more time as a community gardner, planting seeds for nature and making new work.
We’ve been in our vacant space in Priory Meadow Shopping Centre during August 2020 its been brilliant to collaborate and connect with other local artists during this time on our project a Vision of Nature many of us have been growing seeds germinating to grow for wildlife and food we’ve become a community of gardner’s, self sufficient this time raises so many questions on our future. We are all affected by Covid-19 and the transformations to our cultural landscape.
Making artworks has been holistic out in the garden a green space vital in this time for us and for wildlife maybe we all will be thinking of a better environment to bring communities together and learn from this time.
I began to view my space around me what was I seeing in lock down?
I self isolated early with symptoms, wanting to keep well for my kids, staying well has been so important. Restricted to views from the windows inside, outside. Having a garden has been helpful and reconnecting, the growing of seeds, the process of creating has been completely different.
I began to draw shapes, geometric forms, and photographed daily, images in my world, inner outer responses.
The process of developing these structures – I have quite a few images, the connections of each and how I can find those reconnection of these images I see them either as an installation- but lets step away from the outcomes and pull back a bit as its not about this yet –
A self help journal getting through this time of lock down, self distancing, confinement, usually I would be making journeys to create write make new work. I like to be completely free in my working day but feel almost claustrophobic at times. Signs, signals, shapes become barriers an in between land is exposed. With these views confined to my home my nest.
I’m collaborating with a group of artists at Safehouse 1 & 2: 137 -139 Copeland Road Peckham London SE15 3SN from 27 28 29th September; an experimental raw space for the exhibition ‘Confluence’ responding to the global climate crisis. The artworks will explore our deeply personal to the global, using painting, textile, photography and film.
Our collaborative exhibition will be opening this weekend from Saturday 8th & Sunday 9th June, our starting point The Harbour Arm, Hastings. I began to journey further, finding handwritten signage, within an important nature reserve. My photographs extend across the Sussex landscape on my many walking journeys.
The works will be shown in a limited edition book publication
At The Dirty Old Gallery West Street, Hastings TN34 3AN –