Mari French, 22 – 6 May, 2017

The most important factor for me in being awarded a residency at Brisons Veor is the location. Without doubt the variety and dynamism of the landscape and coastline, so accessible to the house, is a huge benefit to gathering inspirational source material and to my progression as an abstract landscape artist.

This was my second residency at Brisons Veor, and whereas previously I’d produced work inspired by the ruined tin and copper mines, this time I became captivated by the energy of the sea filling and emptying the small coves along the Penwith coastline twice daily and the tremendous geological variation.

I became particularly intrigued by the semi-natural bathing pool nestling in the rocks below the house in Priest Cove. Being later in the spring there was much more sunshine and light this time and the pool was like a mirror reflecting the sky; often its stillness was in sharp contrast to the crashing waves just beyond. In my subsequent work the pool has become a bright space left blank, quite unusual for my method of working. The effect sets up a tension which I find exciting.