Grace Emily Manning ︎


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Brownfield Sister

Brownfield Sister stands against the destruction of biodiversity on Swanscombe Peninsula, a rewilding triangle of marshland in North West Kent UK, hugged by the River Thames. Brownfield Sister highlights and grieves for what is in danger of being lost and destroyed by new major redevelopment; responding to the proposal of a £5 billion theme park project, The London Resort, partnered with Paramount Pictures, ITV Studios and the BBC.

live action, puppetry and stop-motion  

Brownfield Sister
mixed media installation
found object - River Thames plastic, cement slag, river rope, net, buoy, plastic sign
stoneware ceramic

The multi media installation titled Brownfield Sister is a deconstruction and re-representation of the landscape, offering greater context of the site: its ecological value, the jeopardy it faces against rising sea levels and photographic research material. Central to the installation are three sculptures of Swanscombe’s endangered creatures, hung in suspended animation. Circus Aeruginosus, a Marsh Harrier bird of prey whose species is back from the brink following a triumphant conservation story; Bombus Sylvarum, a Shrill Carder Bumblebee, one of the UK’s rarest bee species and Sitticus Distinguendus, the Distinguished Jumping Spider found on only two sites in the UK, one of which is Swanscombe Peninsula.

Fleshed from plastic collected from the riverside, the three ‘plastic creatures’ reflect their material quality in ecological terms, in their adaptability and resilience. Their sculptural dormancy, in juxtaposition to their lively animated spirits in the film Brownfield Sister (2019 2.59m), is a metaphor for the limbo space in which Swanscombe Peninsula, and other Brownfield sites, are caught within; a state of development purgatory.

Brownfield Sister is an ongoing exploration, documentary and visceral homage to a landscape close to the artists family home and heart, a landscape in which she spent her formative teenage years traversing.

Experimental Development 

Scanning flint and plastic for abstract animated sequences, 2019

Swanscombe Shamans 2018
collage, photographic material from the landscape