Finally finished my edition of 16 books, 11 or which will be sent of round the US and UK later this year as part of the Pulp Atlas Exhibition. Each book in the series is entitled ‘Littoral Drift’ and features two hand embossed paper slips of Progeo map paper, housed in a card sleeve. Once again the work explores the idea of erosion/accretion, this time picking out Special Areas of Conservation or Sites of Special Scientific Interest between two points on the coast.
The drawings I posted up a few days back that use sandpaper and other abrasives to explore map making, walking and erosion all have counterparts that look at the opposite of erosion – accretion.
The Suffolk coast is influenced by a process called long shore drift (or littoral drift), a process which basically moves sediments at an angle along the coastline from one location to another. One of the reasons that Covehithe has been assigned a status of No Active Intervention (meaning no attempt will be made to preserve the coastline) is that the movement of sediment to the south is considered beneficial to the protection of more ‘important’ settlements to the south. Ever noticed all the groynes at Felixstowe? Well they are there to help protect the beach, and to prevent the loss of sediment. Now notice the lack of groynes at Covehithe.
Anyhow, this counterpart embossing work is my way of once again manipulating materials to mirror or represent natural processes.
I’ve been busy working this week on an edition of 16 book works for the PULP ATLAS exhibition this coming autumn. Each book features two slips of paper, one embossed, the other imprinted with two map-type images of sites on the Suffolk coastline. Combined, the two slips represent the process of long shore drift, where sediment is transported along the coast in a southerly direction. The map that is imprinted relates to the area from which sediment is being lost, and the map that is embossed relates to the area where the sediment ends up. Erosion and accretion. Simple idea really, but I have enjoyed the process of making lines by manipulating paper rather than by marking them out by other methods.
I have also been working on a set of stencils for some larger scale embossed pieces. These will form part of the practice element of my MRes thesis. These have been a real labour of love, hand cramps, cut fingers the works. Finally finished them though, now the search for suitable paper begins…
Seeing as I am a good half an hour or so into transcribing the first focus group interview, I thought I might post up some of the initially interesting quotes, and then in a day or so post up my thoughts about them. I was going to post up my thoughts tonight, but it’s late, and I’m tired.
“Where I live, we’ve got a similar problem as the house that was bought, it’s on the river, and the water comes up now higher than the front door, so the house has had to be tanked so that it doesn’t flood every year. Now, that’s unfortunate but for, eleven months of the year, except for the three days that water comes up, it, it’s amazing. It’s the most idyllic place to live. But on those three days it’s the most inconvenient place to live, and it’s the most terrifying place to live. But, I wouldn’t give that up (pause) for, for anything, you know…”
“I often think about change in all sorts of different areas and change is really, really difficult with something um, we, um tend not to prefer to confront. But, um, I mean, I think that a lot of people have said today, is actually, it will change and perhaps it’s not within our power to do anything about it. We have to accept it and do things a bit differently which is also a bit scary.”
“The field is being eroded back and the soil is all full of, um, fossils, from the ice age, so, you can find, you know, shark’s teeth and all sorts of wonderful things, coming out. So it’s kind of, you know, sea’s going back, sea’s taking back, the sea’s taking back what it had before…”
“But, long term, I mean, we, we have a massive impact on the environment and there comes a time when, we, you can’t beat (pause) the elements and obviously it’s not going to be the people responsible for global warming that suffer the effects of losing their house but is, sort of (pause) collectively we are having a massive impact on (pause) what happens.”
“I’ve got some maps, Ordnance Survey maps, my other’s a great one for buying maps but there we go and, um, one of them is 19… you know, there’s a, quite a recent one then one back in the 60s. You can see the difference. Minimal, but it’s there.”