Brownfield Sister

Brownfield Sister, 2019. 2.59m
live action, puppetry and stop-motion  

Brownfield Sister, 2019 stands against the destruction of biodiversity on Swanscombe Peninsula, a rewilding triangle of marshland in North West Kent UK, hugged by the River Thames. Highlighting, and grieving 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.

Brownfield Sister is an 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.

These creatures are plastic
Because of their plasticity.
Meaning, adaptability.

But soon there will be nothing to adapt,
If they can not hide from pesticide
And unrelenting ecocide.

These creatures are plastic,
Because of their resilience.  

With resilience, comes vulnerability.
And this mosaic land mothers a renewed fertility.
Born from the ash of industrial activity.

You can no longer piss concrete over biodiversity.

Or develop, if its heart isn’t green
For current and future ecological sustainability.

Brownfield Sister,
Hold up your green chain.

Rewild, remain.

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

The multimedia 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, a species back from the brink; 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.

Phallic Pollution Tube, 2019
stoneware, maganese oxide , ceramic glaze
60cm x 20cm x 25cm

Experimental Development 

Scanning flint and plastic for abstract animated sequences, 2019

Swanscombe Shamans, 2018. Collage with photographic material from the landscape