Jenny Beavan British
My work is an exploration into material and place observing in particular processes of interdependence between water and geological change. The intention is to capture a moment in a process of change and to reflect upon the physical and metaphorical aspects of a place as a vessel with containment.
The experience of walking and being in a place often creates the necessary impulse from which to respond. I will often, almost daily follow a water course through a familiar landscape, where the activity of revisiting and being familiar with and more sensually aware, helps to shape and re-shape minute and seasonal changes. Terrain which visibly offers its contents such as crumbling coastal cliff edges, valley gorges, craters and volcanoes, underground mine-workings and the ever-changing industrial open-cast workings of the china clay pits, where each reveals unique geological and historic make-up and matrix content. Being inside, between or next such places always fills me with a sense belonging.
After 16 years of working closely with the china clay industrial landscape, I have this year, secured my 3rd residency with IMERYS Minerals, which gives me access to work in the china clay pits, to research and to collaborate further with the industry.