I WAS TOLD THERE’D BE A LIGHT
| Installation & Sound
Site: South Foreland Lighthouse, Kent
‘And then we sailed then by Beachy, by Fairlight and Dungeness. And we bore straight away for the South Foreland light’
This line from the English sea shanty Spanish Ladies (also known as Up the Channel) speaks of the local landmarks used by returning sailors, a comforting sight and a welcome beacon in the darkness.
Late at night The Shipping Forecast is a constant comfort. It's unique poetry washes into my consciousness, a radio induced hypnosis for this landlubber snug at home, a prayer in the dark for those at sea. Communication. Lying in bed I am a blind sea-captain feeling his way around the coastline.
Growing up by the sea, the romance of the lighthouse keeper has inhabited my reverie since childhood, fuelled by a School visit to the old lighthouse at Dungeness. An unattainable loneliness. In 2009 I was diagnosed with depression and this explained a history of dark episodes. An enforced loneliness when seemingly gregarious. Communication shut down and a comfort in silence, darkness and solitude. Read More...
Sep 24-25, South Foreland Lighthouse,
St Margaret's Bay,
CT15 6HP (see map)
24 Aug - 28 Sep 2011 | 12 - 5pm
The Bank, 46 Tontine Street, CT20 1JU (see map)