An ongoing series of paintings and other works responding to the landscape in the Rea Brook Valley in Shrewsbury. The river flows through a ribbon of woodland weaving directly into the town to join the River Severn. New developments of housing and retail parks now encroach and irreversibly alter the character of the landscape.
Work made in response to a walk made with poet, Graham Attenborough, who wrote a poem “from non-place to another” as part of our collaboration for the Encounters project in 2019:
from non-place to another
helpless we watch an urban Lidl land its shapeless form must stand for something (perhaps - in time - this corrugated prefab too will join our graded lists of heritage) across its Tarmac black we dodge traffic find grass beneath our boots ignore irate golfers finally reach the river a course that's run forever before ancient bank-paths were even trod from hamlet farms to spire-topped town whatever once was sleeps in shadows now (all industry grows back to wild) but even here strange signs and symbols testify conurbation's belt still widens smearing green to brown these webs of shortcut threads become contested ground subject to planning not hard to imagine see how far we've come from place to places hidden under shiny brick boxes 'affordable' housing semidetached with more than adequate parking glib lawn and tacked-on shed fenced off for barbies and trampoline Sundays good access to ring-roads A5 M54 (once all towns were new) it doesn't matter not anymore Graham Attenborough (GKA) 2019