Tessa Grundon
My work is influenced by the topography and history of a place, its ever-changing environment from the shifting tides to the effect of man on community and landscape, to man himself and the shared visual language of natural forms.
I work with an amalgam of different materials and artifacts relating to specific geographical locations. I use local maps, beeswax from nearby hives (literally a distillation of place and time); pigments drawn from the mud, various coloured earths, vegetation, rust and charcoal. I find inspiration and materials in the landscape whether in the woods, abandoned places or building sites, using the debris found along the strand lines of estuaries, riverbanks and marshes, from the source of a stream to where it meets the ocean, through places both rural and urban. I collect sounds, images, data and objects. With these elements I create work that embodies a sense of place, totems of landscapes that resonate with me.