By Jane Ponsford
Jane Ponsford’s practice is rooted in walking and finding materials to base her bookworks, sculpture and installations upon. Her preoccupation is with materiality and process in response to particular settings and landscapes, the chalk, natural dyes, clay and silt and the traces that they leave.
In Terrain, Jane is collected, and catalogued the materials, using making as a method for investigation, creating from traces of the landscape. Her resulting installations incorporated her collections and the pieces she made both independently and with others in the four locations – Box Hill, Newlands Corner, Witley Common and Reigate Hill from April 2018 – March 2019.
Her walks and talks with individuals and groups were reciprocal allowing an exchange of ideas, stories and anecdotes, including the history of landscape in terms of geology, human history, industrial archaeology, local folk law, journeys and the idea of tourism. Jane also took 50 pupils successfully through their Arts Award as part of the project.
Terrain resulted in installations, talks and public workshops in all four areas and a final exhibition within Reigate Fort.
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As an artist and papermaker much of Jane Ponsford’s practice is based in relation to the landscape. Recent projects include Passing Moment as part of 10 Days Chalk at the Winchester City Museum and A Landscape in Ten Parts, at Newark Park, Gloucestershire. Past projects also include Translations at the Lightbox, Woking and Papertrails, a 12-month residency on Elmbridge Commons.