Recent Work: Locality | Lockdown

Recent Work: Locality | Lockdown

Over the last couple of years my practice has become much more focused on my own locality. After years of working largely elsewhere and to other people’s briefs, my gaze had turned towards home, to what is closest to me, and I have given my attention to the complex tangle of emotions tied up with this place.

In 2018, a chain of vast pylons was installed straight through our small community, connecting the huge new Dorenell Wind Farm to the grid. This experience jolted me into looking harder around me, thinking what this place means to me and my neighbours and considering how it has changed and is changing. The localness of lockdown gave me time and space to expand this thinking, walking without “purpose” and letting my mind range across the landscape.

Eventually I started making work connected to these ideas, teasing apart the character of the place and how I feel about it. Documented below is this process of exploring, thinking, reflecting and the making that has begun in response to it.