In January and February 2018 I was an artist in residence at Stiwdio Maelor, in the small village of Corris in the north of Wales. During that time, I created a series of landscape embroideries inspired by the Welsh landscape, with each landscape titled with it’s GPS location. Walking through the Welsh landscape, everything seemed very much the way it had always been, with the history being represented very directly in the land. Trees, hills, rocks and streams that seemed to have been there since before human remembrance. But then, contrasting with that, there were many little things that actually reminded me of change and the temporary nature of what we put on these old lands such as ruins of places that were once beautiful buildings. Even the people; you would think the village was filled with people who had lived there their whole lives and wouldn’t be interested in temporary visitors like me, but instead quite a lot of people in the village had moved there from other places and the atmosphere was incredibly welcoming; people were so proud and happy with their new hometown that they were excited to see others inspired by it as well. This mix of new excitement and a sense of movement and flexibility with an ancient landscape gave me the idea to embroider such old landscapes and title them with the GPS location, to encourage newcomers to go to these places and perhaps also get inspired by them to create something new again.
The tone of the embroideries is almost a bit moody and mostly very wet. The title refers to the Welsh word for water, combined with the GPS location of Corris.
This particular one shows the lake on Cadair Idris, the mountain close to Corris. As you would expect from a Welsh mountain, lots of stories surround it; a poet said that to see Cadair Idris in a cloud of rain was the most depressing thing in existence and supposedly if you spend the night on top(in the ‘chair’ or cadar of the giant Idris who the mountain is named after)you will wake up a lunatic, a poet..or not at all! Especially once I went up there myself, everyone I met seemed to have their own stories about Cadair Idris, it would be another interesting project to go back and collect these stories. You can see more pictures of this one here.
Towards the end of my six week residency period I made these two portraits of sheep, which also got titles with their GPS location-meant as a bit of a joke because of course unlike trees and mountains, sheep move and so you could go to this location and probably not see this particular sheep. You’ll most likely see a different sheep though. As sheep are just as important to the landscape as the rain, trees and mountains, I would love to come back and create a whole series of these, like a map of sheep.