Something like a Nest explores how our idea of the countryside intersects with the stuff of contemporary life. Creating I hope something that pulls with and against the pastoral symbolism we attach to this landscape.
The ideas and emotions we take from and layer onto countryside are knotty and good to think about. This is a place shaped by both the willing of bucolic ideas into a physical form and the expediency of the factory. Somewhere things are produced (and consumed) through a combination of the most fundamental 'natural' cycles and the technology and systems of twenty-first century capitalism. Despite more of us living in cities than ever before, or perhaps because of this, the rural idyll - countryside as a place of escape and continuity - is still a potent image. But of course when you stand in a field, farmyard or village the stuff in front of you doesn’t conform easily to this cliché; when you look closely it’s often much more interesting than that.
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