IRENE ROGAN

FLAMING FLEECES

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Restoration, in  interpreting place, seeks to respond to the ways in which the temporary appearance of heavy industry at the intersection of coast and landscapes in which agrarian settlement can be traced back to the Mesolithic era can be felt in the present.  The images examine the shaping of material space and the peoples who have and who continue to inhabit it.  Restoration draws on diverse influences including the writing of Norman Nicholson, landscape, agriculture, biodiversity and on the tidal rhythms of the coastal location.

 

It is by knowing where you stand that you grow able to judge where you are. Place absorbs our earliest notice and attention; it bestows on us our original awareness; and our critical powers spring up from the study of it and the growth of experience inside it. On Writing Eudora Welty.

 

Flaming Fleeces series of installations in the environment  is Irene Rogan’s response to the news that Cumbrian farmers are burning and burying fleeces unable to sell them in the UK, where 600 fleeces are sold for £40 or normally bought by companies in China.

 

The work is an exploration of this contentious issue within the agricultural community and the strong opposition to sheep farming, through long-term problems with agricultural industry in UK.  Burning a number of fleeces was a profound act, part of a series artworks, it gave insight to the experience of the waste and the sense of loss  and the loss in practical and financial terms of rearing the sheep, the loss in burning an organic, sustainable, biodegradable material.

 

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Towsey Hole on the foreshore of Millomand Haverigg. one of the  first  exploratory drift mines, an underground mine in which the entry or access is above water level and generally on the slope of a hill, driven horizontally into the ore seam.

'Here, the  shore  imbued with ochre red of ages  imporinted with footprints from those ancient tribes,  their lives  etched in the red mud, eons as land quietly waiting, a new prospector, even that now passed'  Restoration Lives.

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TOWSEY HOLE,

HODBARROW POINT,

MILLOM CUMBRIA

 

White Rock

HODBARROW

Millom

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TOWSEY HOLE, INTERIOR

HODBARROW POINT,

MILLOM

CUMBRIA

 

THE PROSPECTORS

IRENE ROGAN  AND PHILIP GREEN INSIDE THE DRIFT MINE DURING TEST EVENT SEARCHING FOR IMAGES.