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In Moor Forms, Berlin-based artist Amélie Blendl and Cornwall-based artist Jonathan Michael Ray present works created while on residencies at Porthmeor Studios in 2018 – 2019.
This exhibition, consisting of sculpture, photography, drawing and film, brings together shared concerns from their individual practices, looking at patterns, textures, forces and networks in the natural world. The works that Blendl and Ray are showing and making reflect how landscape has been shaped by human use, taking objects and images from specific locales and combining them into new and different forms.
Focusing on West Penwith in Cornwall – in particular the moors and coastline between St Ives and St Just – Blendl and Ray subvert conventional readings of these settings based around beauty. Instead, the works focus on the complex structures that make up our contemporary understanding of, and relationship with, landscape.
Thanks go to Lucy Frears and Chris Hibbert, Johanna Neuschäffer and Anna Schwanz of Office Impart, Giles Maffett, Olivia Khadka and Abigail Reynolds for all their help and support with this project.