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Two Sides of Farming (2005)

A collaborative large scale art work created by environmental artist Gill Greatorex and photographer Vicki Gardner to draw attention to the two very different sides of farming - the fluffy, green grass, wild flowers, hedgerows, fluffy lambs and natural side versus the darker side of empty barrels of pesticides, fertiliser, barbed wire and shredded peices of plastic left on trees and hedgerows from passing tractors and trailers. The pair were awarded an Arts Council grant for the piece which challenged both artists; Gill, by interweaving unenvironmentally friendly objects such as barbed wire, plastic and the photographic images (printed onto outdoor PVC banner material to withstand the weather). Vicki was challenged by having to have her images printed onto PVC (not very environmentally friendly) material but then having had her images printed at the largest sizes she'd ever done before, she then had to carefully slice up each image into tiny strips and individual images which were interwoven into the large willow hurdles. The piece was created for the Art Farm Project, a hugely successful art exhibtion that was held over an entire farm, home of the famous Rocombe Farm Ice-cream in deppest south Devon. After the exhibition was over, the art piece was requested at a new location, OrganicArts, in Ide near Exeter. Here it lived for nearly 2 years until it had to be dismantled due to the willow deteriorating. The sliced up PVC images are still with Vicki and the two artists hope to join forces again sometime to re-use the strips.

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Vicki Gardner

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  • farm
  • environmental art
  • Arts Council England
  • outdoor
  • large scale

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