At the weekend I embarked on my third and final field trip of the term. The third and final field trip of my degree. I got in the car with Tom and his parents and we drove to Pendeen to visit the Levant and Geevor mining sites, situated on the SW Coast Path.
Having lived in Cornwall for almost three years, I have never visited the North Coast. The landscape was incredibly different to anything I have seen on the South Coast. The cliff faces were so much more rugged, the trees had been weathered and shaped by the winds, the vegetation and soils from which I was collecting were unlike anything I have collected from around the Falmouth area.
As soon as we had taken in the breathtaking scenes around us, I set to work collecting various samples of rock, soil and clay to use as pigments in my next body of paintings. Tom took some photographs of me as I did so...
As we continued along the coast path, we moved from the Levant site into Geevor. Suddenly the path opened up to vast, open spaces dispersed with heaps of waste materials and pools of sludge-like colour.
Blacks, reds, maroons, oranges, browns and yellows were the prevailing tones. Perhaps my favourite of the samples I managed to collect were taken from the large heap of maroon-red that sat on the edge of the cliff, looking over the sea...
We were lucky with the weather. I had expected rain, so sunshine and warmth was a treat. The wind was slightly unnerving, though, as we stood perhaps too close to the edge in order to catch a glimpse at some seals in the waters below!
As we ventured a little further, upon looking back, we spotted the incredible colours appearing to be dripping down the face of the sea cliffs. They are stained blue-green from copper deposits leaching from the old Geevor Tin Mine. I wish I would have been able to collect some.
After we had explored the entirety of the area, my backpack weighed down with kilos of samples, we sat and enjoyed some coffee, tea and sweet treats before walking back to the car. Geevor was my favourite of the three field trips that have shaped my practice this term - and what a note to end my University-related field work on.