In 2018 I built an installation for the Grassington Festival, entitled The Land-Layers Through Time. It was about the evident history of the local area and how this could be researched and investigated to explain the landscape and the general history of the British Isles.
I was interested to learn about varied methods of archeological research, where looking at the landscape was key to understanding the past. "The Landscape is the richest historical source that we have." Recent methods including the use of laser technology, geophysical survey and aerial reconnaissance were particularly interesting.
I have always delighted in aerial photographs. The satellite images we have access to enable us the see the earth in new texture and colour, pattern and shape.
After looking at the area around Grassington in the Yorkshire Dales, using all these methods, I realised that the way the landscape had been exploited in the past had relevance to general contemporary concerns about man's effect on the planet and how this effect might change forever the working of the planet's biodiversity.
The Archive is The Landscape.
The Palimpsest is the re-use of the same land, the same stone and the same people by the powerful in society, generally for their own advantage.

The eight page booklet is designed to hang on a string. It is a fragile construction, blown by the breezes of commerce.
In the previously mentioned exhibition a group of books hung together, in the museum, from a recycled wooden beam, among the tools of lead mining and peat cutting, sheep sheering and wall building. From inside the book hangs a replica archeological find, made of card, the kind of lithic that would delight an antiquarian.The text and land features blend together to convey the charm and tragedy of this beautiful, now rural, landscape.

Book measures 110mm x 75mms closed. 8 pages, stitched with linen thread. Hand printed on Conqueror texture paper in digital archival ink.
Edition of 15. 2019

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