'feet that i meet'
VISUAL ARTS IN RURAL COMMUNITIES - artist residency - Duration one year (October 2009 to October 2010)
Set amongst a remote hill farming community in the heart of Northumberland, I lived and worked as artist in residence for one year. This residency had a profound affect on me not only as an artist but as a person. I created a body of work for a solo show called '1,873,333 Steps, A Peripatetic Investigation' and fell in love with nature, walking and the importance of place.
I completely immersed myself in the community and landscape of Tarset. I maintained a discipline of daily walks, data collecting, and covered over 800 miles of countryside. I asked everybody I met in this isolated place if I could photograph their feet, creating an instant way to engage, and produce a photographic series called 'Feet that I meet'.
I created artworks directly in response to the landscape, walking and my direct experience living within the local hill farming community. For example - in response to the demise of traditional skills such as dry stone walling, I created a paper stone wall by stitching local newspapers together creating individual paper stones and built my own wall, with the knowledge and help of local skills.
To document my experience a documentary film was created with film maker Steve White. See projects page for more details of film or click link below: