A PLACE IN THE COUNTRY

I have always been in love with the countryside and the coast.  As far back as I can remember I have felt a pull to these places.  Since I became ill I have found that I am even more drawn to our natural landscapes and the machinations of agriculture.   I believe this is related to a search for the authentic and an unease that sits within me about our relationship to both the natural world, and the world of simulation that we now inhabit.

I am interested in mediated existence.  The fact that rather than experience the countryside, people choose to watch TV and films that offer a constructed view of it.  My own experience of these places is mediated by the wheelchair I have to use and thus the places I can access: I do not have an authentic experience; I don’t feel the ground beneath my feet; I can’t run through the fields or along the beach.  I am within my own little bubble, watching the world, much like those who view these places on TV.  My role is that of spectator.

What does this say about my experience?  Is it authentic, or is it as inauthentic as that of the TV addict?

My position as wheelchair user is key to these images.  It reflects the change in perspective of being at both a height and movement disadvantage and also the shift in mental perspective that ensues from becoming ill and disabled.

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Downtrodden (featured in Hampshire Life Magazine February 2013)

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 The Sheep (2013)

PASTORAL

Sunny Afternoon (2013)

The-transporterTransporter (2013)  

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A Sense of Failure (2013) ( Featured in the Archive of Failure, pub:2013)

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Beach Huts at Hillhead (2013) (featured in Hampshire Life Magazine, February 2013)