Rebecca Chesney discusses her work in relation to themes of Environment | Landscape, as part of the Peter Scott Galley & Fine Art Department's Tuesday Talks series.
Chesney's Snapshot, and related work The Colours of Climate Change, are displayed in the exhibition which accompanies Tuesday Talks. Commissioned by Peak, Snapshot has been produced as a result of a residency in the Brecon Beacons National Park in winter 2015 / 16. The colour chart represents the complex relationships between ecology, geology, industry, history, culture, tourism and economics of the place. The exhibition and talks programme are part of a wider programme of exhibitions, events and knowledge-exchange in the Peter Scott Gallery, titled Change & Interchange.
Please visit Change & Interchange for a full programme.
I am interested in how we perceive land: how we romanticise, translate and define urban and rural spaces.
I look at how politics, ownership, management and commercial value all influence our surroundings and have made extensive investigations into the impact of human activities on nature and the environment.
Exploring the blurred boundaries between science and folklore, my work is also concerned with how our understanding of species is fed by this confused mix of truth and fiction.
My projects take the form of installations, interventions, drawings, maps and walks and are underpinned by research into the protection of the environment, conversations with scientists and a desire to make work specific to chosen locations.