Cornwall’s natural environment, geographical position and cultural history are distinctive. I took these features as a starting point in developing a year long residency with the National Trust on the Lizard and on the Penrose estate, Helston. The project is motivated by the cultural history of lowland heaths and the working processes that occur there. I have an interest in using sustainably resourced natural material derived from land management cycles - such as furze – informed by my experiences in art and nature conservation over the last decade. During this time an awareness of society’s relationship with natural resources and our collective use of energy have emerged in my work and I am eager to explore how a visual interpretation of this might proceed. I am equally interested to understand how contemporary artists can engage with the environment, or landscape, given the legacy that, on a regional level at least, still appears to be encumbered with issues of pictorial representation.
Project outline:CUT/STACK/BURN is a performative re-enactment of a redundant rural activity - furze cutting for domestic fuel (or gorse outside of cornwall). The project uses art installation as a platform to develop a visual conversation about the implications and absence of sustainable approaches in the management of land and its resources. Our current use of energy in an age of climate change becomes a focal point and pivotal issue in this visual debate.