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“’In June 2016 I was writer in residence at the Armitt Museum and Library in Ambleside, Cumbria. The writing I encountered and completed there forms the following ‘condensations’.
The texts are constructed by erasing material from pages of books and manuscripts from the Armitt library and archives and superimposing these partially erased pages. These treatments arrange writing on the following subjects: the history of rock climbing in the Lake District; Cumbrian (Cumberland and Westmorland) dialect; the industrial heritage of Cumbria; Westmorland mythology and rituals; and texts by and about cultural figures in Cumbrian history including exiled German artist Kurt Schwitters, mountaineer and magician Aleister Crowley and the historian T. W. Thompson.
These texts have been collaged and written through with my own original writing, West Cumbrian place-names and transcribed conversations with my paternal grandfather (‘Wuky’) on his life on the mountains and specifically his experience of building a cairn on Knock Murton and a wall in his kitchen in West Cumbria’.”
word collages made using texts found in a Cumbrian library, sprawling textual sculptures that consist of overlaps and intersections between landscape, history, walking, language and famous figures such as the Romantic poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge, the infamous occultist Aleister Crowley, Dada artist in exile Kurt Schwitters and folklore historian T.W. Thompson, accompanied by reproduced b/w photographs, soft cover, 23,5 x 14,5 cm, 88 pages, Axminster 2017