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.
Thinking Biblically about Borth. Most of it was built in the late 1800's. I suppose the Victorian/Edwardian love of money overcame their Piousness.
Lots of Houses and businesses having big money spent on them still .... is it human nature to ignore the obvious proximity of disaster - whats to lose and gain? I'm going to talk to some of these people.
I was stuck at an office computer when I read Gwilym Morus-Bairds blog post on the poetry surrounding the Leri River. A strong sense of melancholy and cultural loss , it seemed very dark, I thought about all the people , good ,bad and indifferent , whose lives and music flowed down from the mountain through the Leri ,I sketched this in biro and tipex . .