'Where the Birds Call Home' follows Lowe's self-discovery through his desire to explore and discover new places. By making use of the OS Map of Cornwall, the artist has visited thirteen locations that lie on the converging creases of the map in an attempt to search for the unknown, both physically and metaphorically.
His practice places a strong emphasis on creating a poetic response to relevant topics concerning British identity, his own life and the world we inhibit today.
The Neolithic, or new stone age, was an extraordinary time in our history. The period is said to have begun in 3500BC, but before that, Europe was inhabited by hunters, gatherers, fishers. Slowly, new ideologies from the east swept across Europe, driven not by armies, but by communication. New ways of thinking occurred, a new perspective of the landscape, different sorts of social structures, self consciousness formed questioning of life and death.
Cornwall is a giant ridge of granite. The peaks of which when eroded reveal from the earth layers of lenticular blocks, creating beautiful and complex structures which the Neolithic people of Cornwall saw as their ancestors creations. To add their permanent touch on the landscape, as they believed their ancestors did, they encased their most honoured dead with huge blocks of granite, to ensure them an undisturbed rest.
What I find fascinating, is that they are still there, and so are the granite tors where they found their inspiration. One can walk the landscape, between tor and tolmen, and see how these mysteries in the Cornish landscape have been as permanent as the ideas that came with them
Working closely with the Cornish Wrestling Association, ‘Wrassler’ is an interpretation of the nature of performance. After discovering the County sport's rich heritage, made up of folklore and a history dating back to the 15th century, Harrison Dilks became interested in the wrestling community’s situation today.
The work explores a dance within the sport, one bound by myth, locked limbs, and a passion for tradition.