Jo Saurin & Sara Mark

25 April – 9 May 2015

Jo Saurin

I am a painter and I used a variety of media on this residency including acrylic, gouache and ink, on paper and primed but unstretched canvas. Our 2 week stay at Brison’s Veor was wonderful, and well timed for me as I was about to have a solo show in London (10 – 22 June, Art Bermondsey SE1 3UW) and this residency enabled me to reflect on my practice and be experimental for future direction. I was very aware of the powerful geology of the place, and the weather provided another astonishing energy. We explored many of the ancient and modern sites including Men an Tol, Lanyon Quoit, Merry Maidens, the Iron Age Settlement at Chysauster and the wonderful Geevor Tin Mine. I made paintings that were about voids and boundaries, seen everywhere in the walled fields, gaps in stone formations, entrances to mines, fissures at fault lines. My work seemed to oscillate between calm contemplation and wild gestural response to the geology and history of the place. I emerged after the two weeks feeling energised and more aware of how my painting will develop. plan to develop work started at Brison’s Veor, to be included in a show in the Autumn of 2016, at the Slade Centre in Gillingham Dorset, which is a collaborative show between two painters and a curator.



1a. Men an Tol

Me an Tol








Sara Mark

My work focuses on Place utilising object-making , photography, drawing, poetry, printmaking and performance. Our residency at Brisons Veor was wonderful; it was a privilege to work in such a wild and elemental place. I made a series of photographs and drawings that developed work made in West Cornwall on a previous residency at Porthleven in 2013, on the theme of the ‘Beautiful Wrecker’. A metaphor for the beguiling natural environment and Cornwall’s dangerous seas and darker social history. The photographs were taken at Priests Cove, Sennen, Loe Bar and Lamorna; all of which are sites of shipwrecks – some with mythic-sightings of mermaids. (The mirror and comb are the traditional symbol of the Mermaid). I took the mirror (acrylic) with me, but the comb was made by local steel fabricators while staying at Brisons Veor.

Loe Bar - 03

Wrecker 1


Wrecker 3


Wrecker 11