New Art Highlights

12 June - 19 June 2020

New Art Highlights of the week includes Liz Clifford, Kathleen Herbert, Darshana Vora and Sarah Larby.

Intervention. Byway 745, 2020 by Liz Clifford

In July 2019 I started an intervention in the landscape in the form of cairn building with plastic detritus found on a small area of sunken lane used by recreational vehicles and walkers. Rather than always selecting pieces to work with in the studio, I decided to work on site with material that is either too big to lug home or gets overlooked for other reasons. As these piles of rubbish grew and changed, I recorded them photographically observing the elements having a dispersing effect. Gravity in league with wind and rain pulls the pieces downhill, redistributing them along the way. There was a fascinating liveliness emerging where one didn't expect to find it. I also made video footage of finding the detritus and posted my observations monthly on my blog at

Over the ten months from July 2019 to May 2020 the project has evolved to include a video "Traces of the Technosphere", and a sculpture and site-specific intervention, "Becoming Geology".

These developments have all been documented on my blog.

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Blueprint For A Caesium 137 Landscape, 2019 by Kathleen Herbert

 Kathleen Herbert

Blueprints for A Caesium 137 Landscape are a series of works consisting of a collage of archive images from the Chernobyl disaster and the UK uplands, pinned onto undeveloped cyanotypes on watercolour paper. The colour of the cyanotype, Prussian Blue is created when UV light reacts with the cyanotype sensitiser. By not fixing the colour in water Kathleen has left tithe sensitiser to continue to react with the UV light and so the cyanotype is continuing to develop in real time.

Prussian Blue has a unique chemical structure that enables it to be used as an antidote to radiation poisoning. After Chernobyl the UK government had to find a discreet and effective way of preventing Caesium 137 entering the food chain. If the antidote chemical had been sprayed onto the landscape it would react with UV light and turn the landscape blue. Instead, Prussian Blue was fed to livestock feeding on the UK uplands. The unique structure of the colour meant that heavy metals were trapped inside its chemical lattice and its insolubility meant that they were excreted out of the animals and hence prevented­­ heavy metals entering the food chain.

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lostandfound, 14th June 2020 - 12th July 2020 by Darshana Vora

Darshana Vora

Location: online

lostandfound is a new open call project which seeks contributions from you about your experience of the Lockdown, Collected responses will form a new moving image work to be screened at a free online event on July 25, 2020. I welcome your response!


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Adipose Tissue (Fat Chair), 2020 by Sarah Larby

Sarah Larby

Silicone, Pigments, Fabric, Found Object.

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