Over the past year artist Trudi Entwistle has been the Leverhulme Artist in Residence with water@leeds at the University of Leeds, where she has been exploring how water influences the character of the landscape.
She has been focussing on the uploads in the south Pennines area and looking in particular at how upland habitats and their management affect water quality and carbon storage. I was really interested in seeing the outcomes of her research as in my previous job I’ve had some involvement in the Yorkshire Peat Partnership, a group of partner organisations working on regenerating and protecting peatland. I was curious how an artist could communicate the issues and contribute to protecting landscape from climate change.
In her exhibition at the Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery at The University of Leeds (9 to 28 September 2013), Trudi presents a range of works that delve into the flow of the water through the landscape. She also takes a little side step into the practice of burning heather on the moorland to manage the habitat.
Her video of the river flowing into itself is really interesting, but my favourite were her works with ink on water colour paper that represent the different tone of the bog water and the different layers and function in the moor.