Laura Harrington: Leverhulme Artist in Residence
Laura Harrington is commencing an 11 month Leverhulme funded Artist Residency with the Geography Department. The focus of the residency will be the peatlands and uplands of the North Pennines, which will inform the making of a number of new works. She will be working closely with Invisible Dust (together with Woodhorn Museum), The North Pennines AONB Partnership and New Writing North as part of Durham Book Festival 14.
Laura says that the subject matter of geomorphology has become a recent concern in her, understanding how and why a landscape changes over time offers a hugely poetic starting to point to thinking about new work. Laura has previously made ‘Layerscape (peat bogs)’ a 16 mm film with sound in collaboration with Sarah Bouttell, Deborah Bower and Lee Patterson. Peering into the variegated life of the peatlands, she explored its wet fecundity; the vibrancy of the peat and the flora. In a contrasting arid environment of the Sierra de Maria National Park (Andalucia, Spain) she made a series of intricate drawings as a result of exploring the vegetation and dry landscape of the surrounding landscape to offer what she hopes is an alternative guide/story to the area – how it was formed, how it has changed and how human activity has altered or affected its character. Her exploration focussed on finding evidence of disappearance, change or vulnerability through forms and remnants from occurrences such as drought, flooding, erosion and human intervention.
(Layerscape an excerpt)
She has also collaborated with sound artists Kaffe Matthews, Lee Patterson and Jana Winderen to explore ‘the energy, power, ecology and destruction of the waterways in Northumberland through the medium of sound’. She wanted a work that traced ‘rivers as the veins of the country. They cause destruction and pleasure; change course, flood, flow fast and slow until they merge into the sea and are vital for a huge range of migratory fish, habitats, and people.’
More about her work can be found here