This is an exhibition that I put together for Coastival 2014, based upon a theme that I have been working on for a year or so. I am inspired by the local coast line and the effects of its erosion. I have taken the relentlessness of the tide as a metaphor and through digital imagery, explored ideas of vulnerability and strength, memories and the passage of time, hope, despair and salvation. I hope to provoke us to consider how we let the relentless tide of time change us.
Looking at the coastal erosion along Cornelian and Cayton Bay, Scarborough, I have often been moved by the sadness of the various things that have slid down the hill side. Be it remnants of houses, Pill Boxes, clay or trees, it has a forgotten feel laced with loneliness. I began to look at this as a metaphor for the relentlessness of time, which like the tide, come what may, keeps going. It’s how we respond to it that forms us and makes us who we are. Like clay in the potters hand, or sandstone gradually submitting to the erosion of the elements, reforming its surface into interesting undulations.
The clay crumbles, the trees slide down the cliff side from their security into the shifting sands, roots embedding into the unfamiliar. Time goes on regardless – sometimes invisibly, sometimes to great effect. Life events change us – slowly, someone within us evolves – that is the result of our response to life’s erosion. At some point we all experience an ‘Edenic Moment’ wherein we suffer a loss of innocence, the knowledge that we are not immortal can hit us at any point.
I am a wife and mother, a cancer survivor, and a Christian. Despite my cancer being identified early and dealt with quickly, I still experienced the ‘Loss of Innocence’ I speak of. The shock and consequent re evaluation of life’s values motivates me on a much deeper level than before.