Static Island is a month-long residency at Back Lane West, an artists’ project space in Redruth.

Throughout July 2017 I shall be working in and from the space, exploring a body of work and ideas which consider the Tywarnhayle mining area around Porthtowan, Cornwall. Once heavily mined for famously rich seams of copper, the area is dominated by reminders of its post-industrial nature. Romanticised as a symbol of Cornish innovation and industrial might, the true heritage of these activities are more ambiguous; SSSI status celebrates rarer flora which survive in this otherwise inhospitable environment, mine-water runoff inhibits the photosynthesis of grass by the stream’s banks and the rock is pitted with tunnels. In Static Island I aim to respond to the deep topography of Tywarnehayle, considering this landscape as a powerful metaphor for not only our relationship with the earth, but also with each other.

In receipt of the Inland Art Festival Residency Award, I am grateful to those involved, notably Cat Bagg and Rosie Thomson-Glover from Fieldnotes, and Jane and Patrick Lowry at Back Lane West.

Robin Dowell