Newlyn Art Gallery

24th April - 16th May 2009

In this exhibition, both literal and metaphorical ‘wastelands’ were represented by a range of contemporary art.

Desolate landscapes, dysfunctional societies and broken minds were portrayed in a variety of media including painting, installation and performance, which in different ways seem to evoke the geographical and psychological themes of T.S. Eliot’s poem The Waste Land of 1922. The show included work by Jane Bailey, Sarah Bunker, Paul Chaney, Joe Doldon, Andy Harper, Ally Mellor, Kate Parsons, Alison Sharkey, Lucy Willow, Alexandra Zierle and Paul Carter.

The exhibition was co-curated by Rebecca Darch, Jeni Fraser, Ruth Gooding and Phil Rushworth, who were students on MA Curatorial Practice at University College Falmouth, graduating in September 2009

Sunday, 5 April 2009

Sarah Bunker

There is no doubt that our world is teetering on the brink of monumental change, brought about by climate change, environmental degradation and peak oil. We as individuals, and collectively, do not seem willing to take the drastic steps needed to avoid collapse.

‘From the earliest times, human civilisation has been no more than a strange luminescence growing more intense by the hour, of which no one can say when it will begin to wane and when it will fade away.’
- W.G. Sebald

The idea of an empty world, in which nature re-colonises the legacy of human civilisation, is a strange thread which runs through my work, and has its roots in my childhood exploration of derelict buildings and wastelands. Such adventures aroused biophilia in me, in odd juxtaposition with uprooted tarmac and broken glass. By creating narratives lodged in such worlds, I want to create an atmosphere in which we feel loss for those things around us which are not yet gone: a type of pre-emptive nostalgia.
- Sarah Bunker


Suggesting the presence of some unknown life form, Sarah Bunker’s Landfall series creates a sense of mystery, which is both magically intriguing and full of potential threat. Installed as a temporary installation taking place on two separate evenings during the run of the exhibition, visitors are invited to make their way from the gallery to the shoreline nearby. Here they will witness a discreet installation illuminated by torchlight. Drawing on ideas of abandoned lands, ruined cities or alien, mutated life, Bunker’s work suggests narratives that subtly play on the viewer’s imagination.
- Rebecca Darch

Landfall 2 will take place at 9pm on the 24th of April, after wastelands private view.

Landfall 3 will take plave at 8.30pm on the 1st of May, following the Creative Skills Cornwall Visual Arts Forum Afterhours, which will take the form of a discussion between cultural geographer Caitlin DeSilvey and philosopher Robin MacKay.

Recent Exhibitions
2008 Strange Luminescence, University College Falmouth

2008 Out of Bounds, The Exchange (Basement), Penzance

Sarah Bunker's website

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