Sketchbook interactions around water in Borth
Wed 13 Jan 2016 22:37:11 | 5 comments
Working as part of the Cymerau project , I am investigating how water shapes the lives of people in the Leri catchment area of mid Wales.
These sketchbook pages contain rough cartoons and ideas from people in my home village of Borth , a narrow strip surrounded by sea and bog . They have peculiar attitudes to the apparent vulnerability of the community.
As the project continues , I produce finished cartoons of peoples contrasting experiences and values around water, and contribute to a map of water experience.
The intention is to use humour and accessibility to connect with people who may find recieved notions of fine art and academic discussion irrelevant to their lives.
In the course of conversations , I have found attitudes and stories concerning death, drug use and ignorance, as well as appreciation and joy.I take an inclusive approach to my work , and the simplicity of graphic art can deal with some difficult experiences.
I spend a lot of time surfing . I can say without reservation that supposedly 'cool' and 'in touch' water users such as surfers are among the most ignorant and hypocritical of all people that use the sea.