Earlier this year, I spent some time wandering around and across the Somerset Levels, allowing my meanderings to seep into my sketchbook, making mental notes about what inspired me.
As I started to pull ideas together, I was drawn to the structures that bridge the rivers, land and ditches and how the shadows and reflections they cast, extend the space they occupy.
Three in particular represented to me the imprint of agriculture, architecture and change on the Levels.
My main inspiration has been the Cocklemoor Bridge at Langport, designed by Richard La Trobe Batemen, contrasting with one crossing the Parrett further downstream on Stathe Drive near Stoke St Gregory.
On first appearance, the Levels are a slowly changing rural environment, but at every turn there is evidence of the human impact through technology and materials. I have tried to capture this in subtle ways through visual and sound recordings that will be projected onto surfaces, creating change and movement.
Working from their structures and the imagery of shadows and reflections thrown by them, I have distilled shapes into surface pattern, cutting away areas to create new shadows and line.
Now to display it all so it makes sense to me and everyone who visits the Black Swan.
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With an international reputation for designing and building structures from bridges to furniture, I’m very excited and privileged to be able to display Richard La Trobe Bateman’s scale model of the Cocklemoor Bridge alongside my own work.