Jacquie Campbell's 'Sugarland: Field Study. Manufactured in the East of England' is nestling in The Great Churchyard. It was delivered for the exhibition in a box, which is an extension of the work, so it has to be included here - even if not less than 5cmx5cm! The response is by Deborah Bowkis.
Barbed spikes wound
with wild grasses conceal
a paper bowl gripped in a scaffold.
A bowl which speaks in weighty words
of industry, from ancient places,
in a landscape of barley and beet.
Not a silvered Sugarland
of candied pleasures, but a working world,
bound in the fabric of Suffolk.
Jacquie Campbell As someone who is simultaneously baffled and fascinated by the everyday world, my artistic activity allows me to think through the questions that niggle at the back of my mind. I am often absorbed with how we perceive and connect with barely visible and overlooked processes that exist within our surroundings and everyday life. I construct spaces, journeys and sometimes objects that invite ‘noticing’. I am interested in how we can practice ‘deep looking’, beyond the visual, using all our senses. I wonder whether a stronger understanding and better connection with these unexamined processes would lead to different ways of being in the world: a sense of wellness and a new environmental conversation.
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Deborah Bowkis has published through competition prizes and in anthologies, including Ink Pantry Sea of Ink and Voices of the Brecks. She currently works as an academic and has taught creative writing courses and workshops in Suffolk. In 2016 she set up a thriving creative writing group, Left to Write, in Bury St. Edmunds.
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I am an artist and the curator for grove and groving. This blog is groving online, and records the artworks placed on the streets of Bury St Edmunds along with responses to the work by commissioned writers.