The great British weather, you have to embrace it or else you’d be glum.
But glum we were not; most cheerful in fact as we got a soaking measuring up, roping out and marking up the tracks for Running Wild (no short cuts) a project to highlight what affect we humans have on nature, namely seed dispersal.
Heaving (Everton Park is hilly) a fully laden cart of running track cutting tools was a slog and when asked if I needed a hand (by a concerned onlooker) I felt obliged to decline and instead (huffing and puffing) told him all about Running Wild (no short cuts). Like all whom we spoke with that day, he was intrigued by the work ‘what a nice idea!’
Clad in 1970’s feminine chic (harping back to when Everton Park was created (an outcome of the 60’s ‘slum’ clearances) Lowri Evans and I spent the day on bended knee, snipping away at the long damp flora making our mark in nature as nature made its mark on us. Our frocks became embellished with grass stains and mud.
The grass was sodden, and half way through our shears began to falter, growing increasingly blunt. Time for tea and battenberg, which we shared with passers by who commented on the matching colour of cake and cups. Stories were shared: about Liverpool, about Everton, about art, and about ecosystems. Interestingly, two people we spoke to had never heard of Tate. Funny, how you assume that everyone must have heard of Tate.
There’s a lot to be said for working en plein air.
Kerry Morrison is an environment artist commissioned by Tate Liverpool to contribute to Our Liverpool Landscape, a series of outdoor events inspired by Tate Liverpool’s summer exhibition, Turner Monet Twombly.
You can see more images of Running Wild (no short cuts) on Kerry’s personal blog.