The Antipode series consists of a series of photographic diptychs always juxtaposing two exactly opposite points of the globe in a single image. The work was shot in a three-week period, traveling from Spain, to Peru, from Peru to Hawaii, to New Zealand, to Thailand and finally to Botswana, covering the stretches of the globe. The series visually collapses geographical space to present a world inextricably connected.
Installation shot, Bluecoat, Liverpool
Urban Myths juxtaposes those American cities that have seemingly grown overnight out of unlikely and often inhospitable environments that can not support them, from the swamps of Miami, to the dry desert of the America West. These images capture how the cities bleed out into their surroundings; be it through the radiating glow of the urban night lighting up the desert or the trails of cars or planes attracted to the urban centres like moths to the light.
Video Installation, Tullie House
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Loosely based on the notion of a stop the rain-dance the video installation ‘Playing the Cave’ was a playful evocation of ancient rituals, myth and man’s desire to gain control over nature. It was developed in response to increase to rainfall due to climate change in the Lake District. Shot in the mouth of a disused mine, during heavy rainfall the video work rejects an the traditional understanding of landscape through representation by going below the surface and looking at the tunnels left behind from one of the most actively mined areas in the United Kingdom.
The trancelike, rhythmic and tribal, soundtrack is composed of individual raindrops recorded inside the cave with the help of experimental recording techniques. Each beat triggers a new image. Fractured experience becomes a means of subjugating content to image, image to sound and sound to chance.
New Expressions 3 has been made possible by an Arts Council England National pathfinder programme that fosters collaboration between contemporary artists and museums.
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The video work South by Southwest was exhibited alongside the un-hatched eggs of the last golden eagle in England. The work traces eagle’s movements through the notes of Dave Walker, who has been tracking the bird over the last 30 years. Walker’s words impose eagle-defined co-ordinates over the picturesque landscape to propose a new kind of mapping.