‘Aftermath’

 
"Art does not reproduce the visible; rather, it makes visible.” Paul Klee.
 
‘Aftermath’ is a new exhibition of work by artist Jill Randall. It brings together work created especially by and for Geevor Mine, alongside work from her acclaimed Artists Residency at Parys Mountain Copper Mine, Anglesey, and allows us to draw connections between the 2 sites, linked by the metals of copper and tin. The exhibition includes sculpture and video as well as large drawings created in abandoned underground mine workings, and prints created from steel plates etched in acidic pools.
 
‘Aftermath’ is the first exhibition for ‘Another Eden’, a major research project in Cornwall which Randall is leading, and which aims to explore the 10 sites of Cornish World Heritage Mining from a visual arts perspective, creating innovative new artworks, and engaging local communities and visitors to the sites.
 
Against the backdrop of the rich context of the World Heritage site of Geevor, the exhibition draws strong connections between the environment of the working mine and its aftermath landscapes, offering a different way of interpreting these sites, their history, unique ecology, and alternative beauty.
 
Randall’s work focuses on artists’ residencies in industrial settings as the context for new work, and she has established innovative ways of interpreting industrial heritage, especially metal-mining, through contemporary arts practice, demonstrating how the visual arts can be a mechanism for cultural regeneration and reengagement. Randall has a history of working with post-industrial sites to harness toxic aftermath or ‘spoiled’ environments to create artworks, and, through public engagement activities, reconnecting communities with their industrial heritage.
 
Randall’s work often reveals the sublime and beautiful, the poetic and resonant in extreme and unusual places, and is often about reinventing and reinvesting the forgotten and neglected. She is interested in the harnessing post-industrial legacy to create artworks, and to use contemporary fine art as an alternative perspective on industrial heritage. Randall has created several interventions in industrial environments, going as an artist into non-art situations and responding to the place and the people, a process the artist describes as “slow burn”, often resulting in collaborative new works with the workforce and industrial processes.
 
Randall is fascinated by the secret and hidden network of deep shafts beneath your feet at Geevor. She is interested in the metals of copper and tin, the magical and mysterious fact that these heavy metals were once parts of exploded stars during the making of our galaxy. Randall is intrigued by the idea that for every plant on earth, there is a corresponding star in the heavens.
 
For the Geevor exhibition, Randall has focused on the unique ecology of these post-mining sites and the weird and wonderful plants and mosses which thrive on contaminated soil. She has also had access to unique hand-drawn maps of early drawings and cross-sections of the mine workings which have inspired a number of works on the show.
 
Jill Randall was educated in Cornwall, undertaking a B.A. Degree in Sculpture at Falmouth School of Art, and has a deep respect for mining and mining communities, growing up in the coalfields of Nottinghamshire.

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