Shorelines

Shorelines Galeri Caernarfon June 2014                                                        Shoreline Gallery click here                                                                       

Llanfairfechan has three Shore Lines: the expanse of stones and pebbles under the sea wall on one side; field and grazing sheep on the other, and threading between them, a ribbon path, bequeathed to the public in 1908 for ‘the right of wheeling at a foot pace Bath Chairs drawn by hand or by Pony Mule or Donkey….’

The shore collects a twice-daily harvest of flotsam and jetsam: seaweeds; stripped and weathered wood; plastic, tin; shards of broken crockery – edges blunted, patterns faded – the detritus of          human lives. Metal objects corrode and rust into the delicacy of iron lace.

The slate slab fences, keeping shore and field apart, form textured screens projecting layered details of setting and time. Maps, plants and bones leave imprints both natural and man-made recalling fossils and ancient traces.

This installation develops shoreline collections and explorations made over the past year using the cyanotype process, from the seaweed beds of Talmine in Northern Scotland where I worked out of doors on the empty beaches making images of kelp 12 feet long; to interventions on ceramic here – with delicate blue and white tissue paper – echoing lives past.