Through investigation of the landscape, my work focuses on how the environment makes us feel. It is a response to the sounds, smells and small details that we often miss during the fast pace of everyday life.
‘Burn’ is a response to Blast Beach, an area of the Durham Coastline once home to the largest coal mine in Europe and consequently the worst coastline pollution in the world. For many years, the beach was a no go area, buried under 2 million tonnes of colliery waste each year. A recent regeneration and clean-up project has meant that wildlife has returned. However, a shelf of colliery spoil remains as a means to protect the base of the magnesium limestone cliff, forming red and yellow oxide-coloured pools.