Our Picturesque Landscape

Starting a new project in the Dee Valley as artist in residence with Our Picturesque Landscape

Image: canal and river water flanking the ultimate picturesque view from Dinas Bran, with anti-erosion measures

At the beginning of May, I started a research phase, gathering material to develop into a series of large scale drawings in the style of a myriorama.┬áMyrioramas became a popular entertainment and educational tool in the early 1800’s, just as tourism was developing and as ideas of picturesque and sublime were being formed but also challenged by profound changes due to industrial and agricultural revolution. I will draw on this format ┬áto respond imaginatively to a range of sites along the Dee Valley, bringing them into new relationship. By including visual elements that reflect the dilemmas and pressures on the Dee Valley – an area of intense and often conflicting demands – the work will offer new perspectives and awareness of important issues. The interchangeability of panels disrupts linear expectations and allows varying narratives of sense of place – and extends conversation about beauty, value, risk, damage and loss, unexpected impacts of human activity, resilience and reparation.

Image below: 1824 Clake’s Myriorama

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