Show and tell

At the moment, I seem to be holding all my thoughts and plans for my final major show in my head.

I can have wonderful conversations, write articulate articles and deliver inspiring talks all up there in my mind. But I know I need to start getting these random and occasionally insightful ways of sharing and showcasing my work out of my brain and on to paper.

One of the main concerns of late is exactly how will I display my images. From the beginning of my MA I always felt drawn away from the usual gallery style show, but now I seem more and more drawn to it, but with a twist.

As my subject is based on the growing issue of our consumption of ocean and river bed sand for the building industry, I’m not sure if I feel comfortable showing my work encased in glass.

It seems to feel as though by doing this, I will somehow be creating a barrier between the work and the story it aims to highlight.

I have been looking at how contemporary photographers using historic or alternative photo-processes have displayed their work.

Meghann Riepenhoff (Fig. 1-3) shows her cyanotypes, made in the same way as mine for Harena Now, not necessarily with a frame but in large-scale blocks, while Lucia Pizzani (Fig. 4) did the same for her Broader Implications show.

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Figure 1. Riepenhoff. 2016. Of Many Minds show
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Figure 2. Riepenhoff. 2018. Imprint show
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Figure 3. Riepenhoff. 2018. Imprint show
Figure 4. Pizzani. 2017. Broader Implications show

This more tactile means of sharing work is where I feel I am headed with mine.

But before I make a final decision, I need to confirm where I am to show my work.

I was recently shortlisted for the Eden Project/FoAM Residency: Invisible
Worlds (2018) but as I did not make it through the final stage, I am now finalising the other options I had in mind.

It is likely I will be able to hold a week’s residency from May 12 at Polpeor Art Studio on the Lizard. This is one of my most favourite places. It is wild and invigorating, connecting to my work so that it feels there is no distinction between the sand, the sea, the sky and me.

This will provide a wonderful opportunity to create new work, and show my Harena Now pieces, while also speaking with visitors and holding impromptu workshops.

I am also speaking with Mount Pleasant Eco Park in Porthtowan about holding an exhibition, artist talk, short film show, and workshops during June 22 to 29. The venue attracts people who have a particular interest in environmental-related issues and will suit the ethos of my project to a tee.

I hope to have these confirmed within the next week so that firm plans for how to hang the work, and sizes can be determined.

And then there are all the thoughts about who to contact to raise the profile of Harena Now via print, blogs and other media. But that’s another blog post.

List of Figures:

Figure 1. RIEPENHOFF, Meghann. 2016. Of Many Minds. Available at: [accessed March 15, 2018]

Figure 2. RIEPENHOFF, Meghann. 2018. Imprint. Available at: [accessed March 15, 2018]

Figure 3. RIEPENHOFF, Meghann. 2018. Imprint. Available at: [accessed March 15, 2018]

Figure 4. PIZZANI, Lucia. 2017. Inventario Personal/Broader Implications. Available at: [accessed March 15, 2018]