Petrified in Storyland: Exploring the connections between legends, heritage and landscape in Wales through photography

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Abstract

Made whilst artist in residence at Aberystwyth Arts Centre, University of Wales, ‘Petrified in Storyland’ explores the relationship between the Welsh mythology, cultural identity and the visual residues found the landscape. Local people took me to sites of folkstory, some which have barely changed in a thousand years and others that are modern inventions of heritage. They chose sites with which they felt particular connection that were of personal resonance. There is a romanticised quality to their relationships with the landscape alongside reference to contemporary encounters with real land, with all the prosaic encumbrances of ownership, exploitation and politics. This process considers the way myth and story are being memorialised and questions the cultural significance they have today.

After the exploration of Welsh storytelling, folkloric locations and their significance to local residents, the second stage of the work is a more impressionist and fictional series. These images are inspired by the actions of female characters in the stories as well as themes discovered such as migration, power, conflict, a fascination with a macabre, enchanted world and how national identity is defined by these ‘legends and landscapes’, reminding us of the strength of stories.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 15 Jun 2015
EventNordic Geographers Meeting: Geographical Imagination: Interpretations of Nature, Art and Politics - Tallinn University, Tallinn, Estonia
Duration: 15 Jun 201519 Jun 2015
Conference number: 6
https://igu-online.org/nordic-geographers-meeting-2015/

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ConferenceNordic Geographers Meeting
CountryEstonia
CityTallinn
Period15/06/1519/06/15
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photography
mythology
cultural identity
invention
national identity
artist
exploitation
myth
migration
art
resident
politics

Keywords

  • Wales
  • photography
  • mythology
  • legend
  • folklore
  • Heritage
  • Landscape
  • Storytelling

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Childerley, Z 2015, 'Petrified in Storyland: Exploring the connections between legends, heritage and landscape in Wales through photography' Paper presented at Nordic Geographers Meeting, Tallinn, Estonia, 15/06/15 - 19/06/15, .

Petrified in Storyland : Exploring the connections between legends, heritage and landscape in Wales through photography. / Childerley, Zoe.

2015. Paper presented at Nordic Geographers Meeting, Tallinn, Estonia.

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