Friday, 13 July 2018

The Brownfield Research Centre - Brownfield Artists of the Day : Tracy Hill, Lucy Andrews & Lawrence Bailey

In our ongoing series highlighting Artists and works submitted to our Brownfield Research Centre, each day until July 22nd, we will be highlighting the work of artists submitting to our Open Call.

Tracy Hill, Sensorium and Matrix of Movement 2014 – 2017

"The Intersection between our digital and aesthetic worlds is where I situate my art
works: a hybrid space where technological control meets emotion and memory of a
human experience.
As a visual artist I am utilising commercial digital 3D mapping instruments, seeking to
change our perceptions and challenge our understanding of post-industrial spaces.
My current research brings together the worlds of Fine Art, Environmental
conservation, Ecology, Environmental science as well as Industrial and commercial
surveying offering new ideas and ways of seeing. Environmental impact and
awareness of post-industrial spaces especailly wetlands over the last few years has
led to increased interest in re-engaging with and the protection of these unique
My artworks acknowledge our modern obsession for locating; ordering and
controlling abstracted experiences of landscape whilst reconnecting with the human
emotion and experience and memory of place only achieved through direct
engagement with the land.
Working with combinations of installation and printed paper works my imagery is
informed by digital data collected through digital mapping technology whilst walking.
This digital data offers an analysis of the physical location while the hand drawn mark
allows a reconnection to the aesthetic. These landscapes are an aggregation of
shadows, reflections and textures; they contain traces of our ancestors, hidden
narratives and unimaginable futures.
Images presented create an opportunity to explore what is beyond the 2D surface
becoming a visualisation of the point where our physical and digtial worlds overlap,
the edge between location and how we feel to be part of it."



Lucy Andrews, 

Submitted to the Brownfield Research Centre, this series of images were taken at a site in Maastricht, Netherlands which used to be occupied by a ceramics factory. The series depicts pages of books (which were dumped there) and captures their transition from cultural to natural artifacts, focusing on the moment when their legibility is disrupted by fungi and other beings.

Lucy Andrews was born in Stoke -On-Trent, studied sculpture at the National College of Art and Design, Dublin and recently completed her Masters the Sandberg Institute, Amsterdam. She is currently on a 3-month residency at the Bemis Centre for Contemporary Arts in Nebraska, USA. Her work mainly takes the form of objects, installations and architectural interventions which explore the flow and feeling of matter, creating tensions and amalgamations between naturally occurring and human-made materials. The life and life-span of these materials are closely considered, and time-based processes are often incorporated or alluded to.


 Lawrence Bailey, various (banners, zines, photographs)


Lawrence Bailey is an Amsterdam based, British born artist making work based on an emotional response to the urban-rural fringe (urban edgelands),. Brownfield sites are often at the core of his work. Having grown up in the suburbs of the Midlands surrounded by Post-industrial landscapes. such places have always been with him.

"Lawrence James Bailey’s latest series explores the divide between nature and society by reframing idealised rural areas as bleak, almost dystopic places inhabited by unseen communities. Although Bailey rarely depicts cities in his artwork he constantly hints at their presence through visual cues such as electronic pylons, abandoned cars or empty beer cans which act as stand-ins for negative attributes commonly associated with urban sprawls. By exaggerating these issues to the point of irony Bailey critiques attitudes that champion preindustrial or parochial lifestyles while presenting the modern world as an inescapable reality that deserves consideration rather than scorn."

 "Born in Stoke-on-Trent, England, but now firmly established in Amsterdam, Bailey’s childhood still informs his work. As a member of the post-Thatcherite generation, he experienced first-hand the collapse of a once prosperous section of society, witnessing the industrial dismantling of Northern England. He explains that, bored with suburban life, he and his friends would escape to the ‘vacant plots of one-time industrial sites.’ Playfully transforming formerly functional machinery and architecture into a vision of wilderness, ready for exploration. This adolescent retreat, Bailey believes, shares many characteristics with historic, and contemporary, movements obsession with an outsider, free from societal pressures."
both texts courtesy of Tom Coggins (2017/2015).
instagram - @lawjamba

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