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. Her contribution to the exhibition, ‘Death by Denim’, explored notions of accepted behaviour and dress within the English countryside.
Abi Townsend‘s practice explore the shaping and forming of a place and the means by which the reflected cultural values can be represented. Abi presented work developed on the MA Fine Art Projects for Places course. Ruskin’s View – a sound and film piece, exposed an iconic and beautiful viewing point in the Lake District to closer scrutiny, in order to present an alternative view of the landscape.
Joanne Lee is an artist, writer and publisher with a curiosity about everyday life and the ordinary places in which she lives and works. Much of her activity emerges through a serial publication, the Pam Flett Press, which explores the visual, verbal and temporal possibilities of the ‘essay’, and via the opportunities for production that arise in dialogue with creative and critical friends. For the exhibition, she created a series of photographic works, entitled ‘Witches Knickers’, which examine the ubiquity of plastic in the landscape.