Jane Ponsford’s practice is rooted in walking and finding materials to base her bookworks, sculpture and installations upon. Her current 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 Surrey Unearthed, Jane is collecting, and cataloguing the materials, using making as a method for investigation, creating from traces of the landscape. The installations incorporate her collections and the pieces she has made both independently and with others in the four locations – Box Hill during August-September, Newlands Corner and Witley Common during September-October 2018 and Reigate Hill during February – April 2019.
Her walks and talks with individuals and groups are 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.
Terrain results in installations and public workshops in each of the four areas promoted through our Whats On page.
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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.