Hannah

Brackston

Hannah

Brackston

quick + dirty trailers

2012, glasgow

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Sample collection of prototype bricks featuring ‘Glasswort, Henbane, Redshank, and Wainspot’

 

Developed during Artist Residency on South Walney Nature Reserve, Barrow in Furness (with Art Gene.) Experiments developed in collaboration with Stuart Bastik.

 

South Walney Nature Reserve like many parts of Walney island (and in fact Britain) bares considerable evidence of its former industries. The reserve itself particularly altered by gravel extraction and salt works, leaving deep visible craters and the hint of small freight rail lines. 

Although there were clay pits across the length of Walney (the bricks that were used to build Vickerstown are likely to have originated from this clay), the South Walney Brick & Tile Co. is itself a fiction. Collecting up tiny pieces of the marsh and mud which are presently washing into the Irish sea at an alarming and unsustainable rate, I undertook firing and pit kiln experiments  with this raw material to interpret the geology of the island and address its threat of erosion - perhaps even enabling strategies for its protection. (It is estimated than in the next few years, without intervention, South Walney Nature reserve will become its own island). 

 

Firing this clay created a fragile archive of the habitat that is presently being lost. The bricks are marked with the names of some of the species that depend on this specific habitat.   

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Exhibited 

‘Stuff’ Recent Works, Art Gene, Barrow in Furness, (2016)

 

(Logos: Art Gene, Arts Council England, CWT)

 

Links : 

artgene website