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Terreno

Flow Systems, Maps and Other Documents: a topographic survey of ephemeral systems

Terreno is a series of surveys on the terraces of the water-catchment site at Los Gázquez. Experimental fieldwork is documented using photographs and other instruments to record ideas. This creates a dataset to inform new conceptual works. I am interested in the site as an extension of social space – a place for people to gather, research and modify. For me, Sistemas Efímeros is a site and an idea that will encourage change, a location that will remain static, and a surface that will see many revisions.

THEMES EXPLORED TO DATE
Fragmentation – erosion / division / neglect / separation
Population – clustering / gathering / building networks / social pathways
Distribution – lineage / species / dispersal / occurrence

In Search of Flora

A topographic survey of city streets, exploring ideas of physical and human geography

To date, this body of work involves a series of detailed surveys of single streets in different European cities, looking for signs of transient life among the features and fixtures of these busy thoroughfares. I search low and high, at the edges and corners, on surfaces and the spaces between. I walk with my camera, noting and documenting ephemeral details, mapping the inches and tints of the area. Through photographic recordings, I aim to portray a precarious and wild existence, and unique beauty in the everyday.

An Atlas of Walks

A long-distance walk of many parts

This a project of many stages and is conceived as a connective, large-scale journey-mapping work that will be ongoing in its form. For each area I choose to make a walk in, an outline map will be painted on primed fine linen which depicts an area, department or country. A title reference to this map is painted on the raw linen side. The canvases are made prior to each trip or shortly after, depending on whether the trip is planned or spontaneous. These works will form the ‘legend’ to the trail markers – a succession of small stones painted with a red circling line around the top, and a unique identifying number on the base. These are placed at intervals along paths and tracks, waymarking my route through a specified territory. Each time I place a marked stone on the trail, I will pick up a new one to paint. These stones become waymarks which will be photographed in their new resting places, ensuring a documentary record of their habitat. The placing of the waymark is also an occasion to make a photograph of its view. An outdoor audience is invited to look at these interventions, photograph them, or perhaps ‘collect’ them.

ADDITIONAL NOTE
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The original companion stone – a small and beautiful piece of gently rounded quartz – was found in the riverbed at the back of the village of Argentière in the Haute-Savoie, France on the 10th May 2010. Over a year later it became the first Waymark for this work, and was placed on a particularly fine and interesting trail high in the French Alps, marking the first stage of An Atlas of Walks.

Spatial Arrangements

Exploring relational geographies in nature and culture

Building on previous photo-topographical work, conceptual films are composed of gathered ‘stills’ made from field studies in the natural and built environment. Field work has included sites in the UK, Spain and France – these ‘locations’ provide a setting for the films, and maps are made to describe specific features and ideas about the places they depict. The ‘scenes’ contain elements of stone, wood and metal, and the presence they exert from their fixed location serve to provide entry points into a wider and more powerful landscape. Through edited documentation, each spatial composition shows a new situation for object and subject, exploring a form of experiential map that is both minimal and mediated.

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