Hindburn I     Mixed media on paper 12 x 11.5 cm
Copyright: Jane Rushton 2014
HINDBURN: CLOSE TO HOME
These Hindburn pieces respond to aspects of landscape, history, geology and cartography within a small geographical area around my former studio in North Lancashire. The intention was to explore the complexity of embodied knowledge, and to pursue a path towards visually sensitive understanding. The small scale of the works reflects a certain intimacy; a level of scrutiny that pays attention to the everyday and the overlooked, so raising it in status. While focusing on particularities and detail, there is an ambiguity that also suggests the larger scales of mapping and satellite imagery.
The mixing of media, form, and reference speaks of the intricacy and complexity of information and experience that underpins our relationship to our environment. It is not only about what we see each day, but what we glean through conversation with others; what the names on the map tell us; how we interpret which plants grow in which meadows, where the building stone comes from, what the census data can tell us about occupation and migration, and so on. Through visual and material synthesis these pieces aim to contribute something else to the mix.