1. NATURE CENTRE
Artist book by Jenny Brownrigg (1999) 110pp
Published by Grizedale
Designed by Jenny Brownrigg
£10 via Grizedale Arts Shop
This publication is the result of a writers residency at Grizedale in 1999. Research was informed by the work created by the artists’-in-residence during that year; Grizedale’s own archives and correspondence; a range of guidebooks dating from the 1800s’ to present day; National Park documents; official wilderness policies; and educational work undertaken at six primary schools as part of my writer’s residency.
Examining how we perceive nature and landscape, Nature Centre looks in particular at the environments of Grizedale and the Lake District. It is located during a time at Grizedale when new work and ideas in the forest for some, had shattered the illusion of a rural idyll. The publication aims to identify the gaps between people’s ideals about nature versus the reality of that nature. Diverse opinions, language and interpretation are mixed, coming together to form a new document.
2. ROMANTIC VANGUARD
Artists book by Jenny Brownrigg (2001)
64 pages, 2 colours
Designed by Fiona Ferguson
Published by The Centre on behalf of the Royston Road Project
The Romantic Soul: “Dwelling on love… insanity and death…emotionalism…emphasis on individuality…rejection of drab reality…glimpses of transcendent loves…the need to escape from ourselves…..a fabulous dream world”
Romantic Vanguard aims to seek out romance and to trace the spirit of romanticism in the urban environment of Blackhill and Provanmill in Glasgow. It is the result of when I was artist in residence with Molendinar Community Council, commissioned by The Centre on behalf of the Royston Road Parks Project.
Romantic Vanguard was shaped by a series of conversations with individuals and groups during this residency. Conversations were with women of different ages who lived or worked within the community boundaries. They ranged from a 15 year old goth, talking about her identity and the importance of individuality, to the leader of the local lunch club, talking about the representation of women in novels. The conversations are interspersed by excerpts from a fictitious romance novel, where artist Marsha Blane works with landscape architect Josh Melville on the creation of a city park.