Rebecca Chesney is interested in how we perceive land: how we romanticise, translate and define urban and rural spaces. She looks at how politics, ownership, management and commercial value all influence our surroundings, and has made extensive investigations into the impact of human activities on nature and the environment. Exploring the blurred boundaries between science and folklore, her work is also concerned with how our understanding of species is fed by this confused mix of truth and fiction.
Chesney’s projects take the form of installations, interventions, drawings, maps and walks, and are underpinned by research into the protection of the environment, conversations with scientists and a desire to make work specific to chosen locations. Most recently she spent time researching the relationship between humans and leopards of the Sanjay Gandhi National Park in Mumbai, India during a Gasworks Fellowship (2013); installed a permanent work at Nirox Sculpture Park in South Africa concerned with the aesthetic and cultural significance of manicured lawns within an African landscape (2013); created a 2 acre meadow installation on Everton Park in Liverpool to support and encourage the local populations of bee species (commission by Landlife, 2012); and studied the influence the weather had on the life and works of the Bronte sisters during a residency at the Bronte Parsonage Museum (2011).
Blackbird Turdus merula, 2013, Found in Vadu Zbor, Romania, as part of Still in Silence installation at the Bluecoat, Liverpool, 2013, photo by Gavin Renshaw.
I’m blue, you’re yellow, 2012, 2 acre meadow installation in Everton Park, Liverpool, commissioned by Landlife.