Edge of Nature, Oil and Mixed Media on Paper Mounted on Dibond, 48 x40 cm, 2020
‘Broken Ground’ is an ongoing series of paintings that was started in London in 2019 and further developed in Ireland culminating in a 4 month residency at the Uillinn West Cork Art Centre for the Cork County Council Residency Award. This work was also funded with a Cork City Council Artists Bursary Award.
Part of this work was exhibited at Blackburn Museum in a group show - ‘Industrialised’ Art in Manufacturing in the Gallery’, curated by Alex Zawadzi at the Festival of Making in 2019.
‘Broken Ground’ looks at the geographic legacy of post industrial topographies and how they are situated in the wider societal perception of the natural landscape. This work looks at the obsolescence of this kind of environment and how these post-industrial ruins are disappearing and becoming less visible throughout Europe in a changing landscape precipitated by the gradual economic shift away from manufacturing and industrialisation to white collar tech and pharma industries. This work looks at the monetisation of place and the cyclical nature of place value and 'devalue'.
These structures and landscapes are the ‘remnants of what is left behind’ and exist in a temporal and finite state of change. This work is an exploration of temporality and decay in the built world and looks at the legacy of obsolescence in postindustrial ruins and how they can form an ‘alternative landscape culture'. It looks at the ‘otherness’ of this landscape and augments the surreal and ethereal nature of this environment through distorted and obscure colour palettes and textures.