People / Artist in Residence

Arts Project – Explain Yourself

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    Explaining poetry and greeting the tide with a smile. Photo: C.Stealey
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    Explaining ourselves to the estuary using the common element of water. photo: Michal Iwanowski
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    Explaining a Tea Party, how we celebrate, to the landscape. photo: Michal Iwanowski
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    Explaining journeys and maps to the estuary. photo: C.Stealey
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    Explaining Ballroom dancing to the estuary. photo: Michal Iwanowski
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    Explaining a Compulsary Purchase Order to the Estuary. photo: C.Stealey

Deborah Aguirre-Jones, A Forgotten Landscape’s artist in residence is in the process of creating three new stone carvings for Severn Beach. Read on to find out more about the work and how it has evolved.

Explain Yourself.

During 2017 residents, arts volunteers and art groups involved with A Forgotten Landscape met with Deborah Aguirre Jones, AFL’s artist in residence, to consider an impossible question;

How would you go about explaining yourself or the human world to this landscape?

After hours of conversations, diagrams, cups of tea and experiments, a series of mini-artworks and performances were carried out. You can see some of them in the pictures above.

What Next?

Deborah created drawings to illustrate how each of these mini-artworks and performances could be represented as a stone carving.

All together there were 20 drawings. Three out of the twenty were chosen in a public vote to be made into stone sculptures. To see the designs click HERE .

Once the vote results were in, Deborah and volunteer Caroline Stealey, made a clay/plasticine maquette (a sculptor’s small preliminary model) for each chosen drawing. Deborah and stonemason Barry went to some limestone quarries in Portland, Dorset, to choose three suitable stones for carving.

Barry has started to carve the stone. He will carve them to a point where Deborah will then take over and finish them off. The first one has reached this point and is now in Deborah’s studio.

Watch the slide show below to see photographs of the process.


For more information on Arts in A Forgotten Landscape click HERE


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