Shadow and substance – Harridge Woods Walk

Be the first to favourite this. Mendip Hills, Wells, Somerset, UK

Walking piece details

Duration 6 minutes

This is a walking piece, combining film, still images, drawings, and text. Made in an ancient wood on the Mendip Hills, Somerset, UK. It has many histories embedded in its earth. Sadly there is ash die-back in the woods, so I avoided going into these areas.

I walked and drew and wrote and thought and photographed and filmed.

The result is a series of images and a film with text as I search for a woman called Frances Allen who once lived here.

I’m not a film maker… but sometimes I get obsessed with trying to do something that I can’t. This is made using iMovie, which doesn’t have very sophisticated tools. It contains film from my GoPro, photos taken on my phone and SLR, and drawings I made during the walk.

It also responds to activist/writer/educator/artist Alan Gussow’s words:
‘The catalyst that converts any physical location – any environment if you will – into a place, is the process of experiencing deeply. A place is a piece of a whole environment that has been claimed by feelings.’

It also connects to the words of writer Julian Hoffmans:

‘It is far too inclusive, multifaceted and prodigious a concept to be defined as a single thing, built up over time into a constellation of cultural as well as natural meanings that make it as essential and irreplaceable to humans as it is to wildlife.
For ‘place’ is what grounds us and holds us close to the earth.
Our distinctive desire to forge attachments to landscape that impart personal meaning, value and identity as they intertwine with our lives and communities is known as topophilia or the love of place.’

It is as part of the Walking the Land project. Here’s a link to their website:

About

Janette Kerr

Janette Kerr

Janette Kerr RWA is a visual artist working primarily with drawing and painting, and a Visiting Research Fellow in Fine Art at UWE. Exhibiting nationally and internationally, her paintings are held in private and public collections. Drawn to extreme perime...

Near Mendip Hills, Wells, Somerset, UK

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