The Walk – Janette Kerr

a blue leaf in the centre of the frame against a green background
Blue Leaf Photo Credit: J Kerr
a blue leaf in the centre of the frame against a green background
Blue Leaf Photo Credit: J Kerr

Walking an unknown area crossing streams scrambling slipping under fallen trees lying prone ground level crawling along warm earth peering undergrowth shades of brown black green flash of orange bright green moss push fingers in earthy smell breath deep fungus tangle of branches stones earth twigs leaves rustling scattered seeds shoots emerging roots creeping under ground – listen   

Combining my images and field recordings with sounds created by artist Michael Fairfax, provides a unsettling background – fear hovers 

I recommend listening using headphones for stereo effect. 

The place was chosen randomly on the map. East Harptree – situated 8km north of Wells and 24.1km south of Bristol, on the northern slope of the Mendip Hillls. It was made early during the first lockdown, March 2020 

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Janette Kerr is a visual artist. Her work involves historical and science-based research, reflecting an interest in location, memory and materiality. Kerr is not somebody who makes meticulous studies of landscape; beyond mere topography, with a nod towards Northern Romantic traditions in landscape painting, her practice is contemporary and experimental. She has exhibited widely in the UK and abroad. She has worked on residencies in the UK, S.Ireland, Norway, and the High Arctic. She has a strong track record of initiating/working collaboratively, most recently Confusing Shadow with Substance, a film & sound installation, and Stenness Sound Walk in Shetland.