top of page
  • ritakermack

A fragile and transient space

Updated: Aug 17, 2021

I am intrigued by geomorphological processes and the way landscapes change. Ever since I came to Scotland, some 30 years ago, I was fascinated by the edge of our island as a place where land and sea meet and interact. The coast is where those changes are most visible and can be observed within a very short period of time. The intertidal or littoral zone is an environment of extremes. Only highly specialised life-forms can survive the high salt levels and the perpetual change of the tide. Weather conditions, pollution and other environmental issues can have a detrimental effect on the land, habitats and ecosystems found here. The continuous erosion and sedimentation means that the coast is in a constant state of flux.

Therefore, the intertidal zone is a fragile and transient space. My art investigates forms of mapping coastal ecosystems and visually re-creates habitats while recording my holistic experiences. In doing so I hope to create a sense of place in my work that helps the viewer as well as myself to understand the vulnerability of our environment and to form a closer connection to it.

Cooking Sections is a collaboration between Daniel Fernandez Pascual and Alon Schwabe featured in the British Art Show 9. Their project Climavore: On Tidal Zones highlights our problematic and unsustainable relationship to the sea as our food source.

In my previous blog I mentioned that art offers valuable contributions to scientific and ecological discussions and can show the way to alternative solutions. Cooking Sections are a prime example for environmental art activism:

"We use the art world as

a platform to start

a conversation.

But it doesn't stay there.

The goal is to mobilise

a series of actions with

residents and communities

that bring change."

Cooking Sections

53 views0 comments


bottom of page