STEPHEN HARWOOD

Film still from At the Edge of the World
Video Still
At the Edge of the World (2015) digital video, 7:33mins

Falling somewhere between reality and fiction my work attempts to explore the mysteries of English landscape; places loaded with histories and associations (some barely perceptible or ‘only in the eye of the beholder’, some immersive and inescapable). I draw on locations possessed by occult atmospheres or attributes, or associated with myth and legend (imbued with past narratives). A stone circle or haunted coastline perhaps, or the middle of nowhere—which we may understand as being most definitely somewhere. I am interested in places that are in some way persuasive, with qualities that may not be immediately identifiable or explicable.

My aim is to engage with such locations in both a contemporary and historical context through a process of reimagining, and in this way the paintings and films become an interpretative mirror or filter: an investigation of the condition of place / landscape and the peculiarities of Englishness from both a personal and shared historical vantage point.

It is hoped the resulting images are perhaps latent landscapes; the reverse or underside of the superficial view, enabling place / landscape to reveal itself anew.

Stephen is an MA graduate of Central St Martins and lives and works in Hackney, East London.