SALLY KIDALL’S_Westdown/Asham Quarry Installation

Westdown/Asham Quarry nr Chantry, Somerset, UK

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 “Lest We Forget: is enough enough?”
Sally Kidall 2015
Materials: timber chairs, plastic bags, fabric, soil, wheat seed, rocks, string, water

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This site-specific environmental installation consists of two large concentrically arranged circles of clear plastic bags placed comfortably within this post-industrial setting. The work is a contemporary interpretation of memorials and commemorative monuments and appears reminiscent to a prehistoric stone circle. The larger bags stand tall, each encasing a chair with a grass-growing seat. The larger circle will consist of 12 water filled, pyramid shaped, clear plastic structures. As the grass photosynthesises and the temperatures change, condensation forms and drip within the bags, creating a ghostly presents to the work. This installation changes over the course of its display as always with my work the outcome is inconclusive.

“The more we have the less we own.” Meister Eckhart
“Every increased possession loads us with new weariness” John Ruskin;

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SALLY KIDALL’S _Fairy Cave Installation

Terra Firma 1.sm“Terra Firma: there’s no place like home”
Sally Kidall 2015

Materials: transparent nylon fabric (organza), bamboo, hazel & silver birch, furniture & household items, fabric, soil, wheat & runner bean seeds & nuts, casting soap, string, sand, rocks.

Terra Firma 9.sm21 varying sized transparent fabric tents are supported on raft type structures and are arranged in part concentric circles. Some rafts are mounted on wheels to appear like trailers while the others sit grounded to their site. Each tent contains various growing manufactured items supporting their own narratives, from grass growing clothes on hangers, to growing table and chair settings, to sawdust coated teapots and leaf coated glasses, coffee pot and cups. The smaller tents contain soap castings of toy cars, wheels, incandescent light bulbs and electric plugs etc, while bamboo ladders support sprouting runner bean plants

Terra Firma far view“Being part of ‘step in stone’ has given me an ideal platform to explore, through making site-specific works, my fascination for contemporary commemorative memorials. These Mendip quarries in themselves commemorate the regions valuable contribution to the industrialisation of Britain. I aim to stimulate conversations and awareness about the values and impacts of quarrying and the future security of the Mendips and its communities.”

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Strode College Students visit Fairy Cave Quarry

A terrific day visiting Fairy Cave Quarry with a group of Strode College Foundation and Extended Diploma Art students. It was great to talk about site specific artwork, location and environment – out in the open, in the wind and the rain, experiencing contemporary art practice beyond the walls of a gallery. We then discussed the work in the Black Swan, had a cup of tea and headed back to the college in the minibus with lots of notes in sketchbooks and things to talk about.

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Duncan Cameron   7/10/15

Last images before step 3 opens tomorrow.

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A selection of photographs from last week’s overnight camp in Fairy Cave quarry, long exposure night photos (*including Cath’s illuminated gabions) and early morning shots as the sun came up and a surprise morning slug on my coffee flask. Also some images of the assembly of the smaller works for the Black Swan and Frome Museum, with all work now in place. Looking forward to seeing everyone tomorrow night for the opening.

e Cabinet Rusty e Dome Making e Morning Camp e Night Lights Quarry e Night Lights e NightCabinet e Open Quarry Case e OpneBox Test e Quarry HighView e Sillhouette CAbinet e TeasleDome

 

Duncan Cameron  1/10/15

Overnight in the Quarry

After a number of cancelled dates, due to the weather, I finally managed to spend Tuesday night in Fairy Cave quarry. The mini 12 hour expedition allowed me to observe the space on it’s own terms. Quietly lying up on the ridge I watched the sun setting over the west horizon, listened to the rooks and jackdaws roosting and then their calls replaced by those of the tawny owls that live in the woods around the quarry perimeter. Dark by 8pm, I lay making notes and observations as part of the collection case artwork.The moonlight and clear night allowed me to walk around the quarry by moonlight alone, a place with a very different character than in the daylight, the long monochrome shadows, the reflections of the moon in the many puddles and the vast black quarry walls. Woken at 2am by a barking fox and at 4am the constellation of orion came up over the rocky butress at the south end of the small ridge on which I was sleeping. The sun began to rise at about 6am and by the time I packed up to get to off to work at 8am the West wall was brightly illuminated in the warm morning sunshine as the sun crested the woods at the top of the Eastern cliff.

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Duncan Cameron  24/9/15

Lost and Found Caves

It’s been fun exploring materials I don’t often use together – wax, paper, oil, cloth, chicken wire… to go with scrap steel remnants I found in the quarries for a new piece to be installed at Fairy Cave.  Thanks to Rowena Pearce for her recycled wax donations!

The work’s about the lost (destroyed) and found caves at Fairy Cave Quarry.  Photographs by Duncan Simey of the formations within and Andy Sparrow’s film ‘A Rock and A Hard Place’ have helped bring the caves to life for me… I may even go down them one day soon!

Experimental work for Fairy Cave

Fiona Campbell   16/9/15