Melanie Rose & Gill Saul, 3 – 10 August 2019

We both made an independent body of work as well as collaborative pieces in response to the landscape, but more importantly there was an exchange of skills.We shared different techniques such as working with egg tempera, colour separation, and experimented with layering oils and egg tempera, producing joint pieces that were collaborative. I think we kept our own voices but more excitingly were beginning to find a shared voice.

Melanie Rose: Landscape was and is a key feature. Coming to terms with an unfamiliar landscape, in particular one that sits on the edge of existence was both a delight and a challenge. The residency provoked the question of what landscape means including interior and personal landscapes, but also the concept of being on an edge, thinking about the politics of a remote rural community, the ecology, flora and flora, how the change in geology and location changes light and colour. It could be said that the residency was an incursion on our senses, but in a good way.

Gill Saul: There was a double challenge for us I think. One was how to be integrated but not consumed by the landscape (the shifting colours, the sounds etc) and the other was how to work across several pieces together and keep an authentic voice and yet collaborate and respond to each other’s marks, colours etc. We did find a good rhythm and the work was beginning to move into an interesting direction. My feeling is that the work would have got more interesting if we had stayed longer, as we were starting to drag our eyes away from the sea and look at the politics of rural living (such as coastguards bring volunteers) the depth and pattern of mines and also the patterns of shipwrecks and oil spills.