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It’s almost three months since I finished my studies and still it rained. As I sit here writing the radio chatters on about more flood damage across the UK, the rain spatters on the window plane and the heating attempts to take the edge off the chill.
Most of this year has been spent watching the rain relentlessly come down.
It feels as though it will never end.
Maybe it won’t.
Nobody needs more grim statistics about our rapidly changing climate.
The end of the world as we know it.
Still It Rained is a response to both a point of global and personal crisis. Shown at the University College Falmouth, MA Art and Environment final show and receiving a distinction and Sandra Blow award. The work is in two parts; an 8x8ft installation that illustrates a story scratched onto the wall.
The makeshift raft is packed full of perennial plants in a symbiotic permaculture system producing a diverse, edible ecosystem. An Aquaponics system growing annuals trickles through gutters, fish and plants working together. I used completely reclaimed and salvaged materials to make the raft, borrowing, begging or stealing. I stubbornly refused to allow others to build it for me but did receive lots of invaluable advice. It wouldn’t feed you for long but is a gesture towards alternatives.
Here you see the naively drawn tale and some photographs of the raft.
The story is one of the world ending but before it is a story of a relationship ending and the personal apocalypses we all go through.
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