Writer & filmmaker Jen Randall & Claire Carter are researching a new short film work around the life of the author Gwen Moffat, one of the very few women climbing autonomously in the 40s and 50s. Gwen has strong links to the area, having spent much of her life living beneath and climbing on Ben Nevis.
Nevis means many things; in mythology it is ‘a mountain
with a terrible nature’, its name translated from Gaelic as ‘venomous’,
‘malicious’, ‘uncertain’. In history - a meteorological station and observatory.
In geology -a glacially eroded caldera and in tourism a playground and a place
to prove your prowess, endurance and frequently also a place of tragedy. With
this in mind, I am making ephemeral
actions, collecting objects and casting details in the landscape which explore the Anthropocene at the site of Outlandia. The last two days I have
made direct plaster and wax casts, making connections between casting processes in sculpture and geology similarly constructed through
accident, heat, fire, water but at extreme ends of duration. I am also creating
a series of sculptural assemblages composed of rocks with fragments of plastics,
fabric, glass and metals found on walks.
Wax in trangia (photo Andrea Gregson)
wax at found camp fire site 7/4/15 (photo Andrea Gregson)
Wax cast at river
bank 7/4/15 (photo Andrea Gregson)
Plaster cast space
between spruce tree roots 6/4/15 (photo Andrea Gregson)