Seeing Through The Ground
Grizedale Forest Gallery, Cumbria
5 July – 31 August 2019
Following an extensive research period and art residency, Andrea Gregson presented a solo show at Grizedale Forest Gallery, Cumbria from 5 July – 31 August 2019. The work delved into Cumbria’s industrial history of iron smelting, charcoal burning, bobbin-making, gunpowder and graphite production. During this time, she visited historic iron smelting sites, whilst researching the landscape as a relic of past production; a history of interaction between people, nature, and industrial process in the Grizedale valley. The show investigated the connections and conflicts between industry and nature; making a series of graphite drawings and frottages, a material, once mined locally in Borrowdale in the production of gunpowder and iron casting. Further to this, a new sculptural work ‘Carbon Delta’ cast from local bedrock at the site of a medieval iron bloomery shown with existing bronze sculptures.
A specially commissioned zine about the work was available throughout the show. This included a new text written by Dr Lizzie Fisher, an independent curator and art historian based in Cumbria (formerly curator from Kettles Yard, Cambridge).