A bright and breezy morning so I head off to Sennen Cove to beach comb. Fascinating shapes made by seaweed washed up by the stormy seas remind me of drawings on the sand. Colours, shapes and shadows. I look up the coast line to Cape Cornwall.
A stormy night and day. I pop down to say hello to the seals and do some wave-watching. I reflect on yesterday’s Geevor trip.
I take a trip around the Geevor Mine. I have been to the mine before, but never spent time in the processing buildings or the museum. The underground tour of Wheal Mexico, compared to other underground trips, is very dry and easy to navigate. It is interesting to see this older mine and learn about the working practices, especially around the time of the introduction of gunpowder.
A kestrel has been hunting right outside the studio window for most of the day, hanging still in the blustery wind – I could almost reach out and touch it. A raven sat above the cottage before flying off around the Cape, swallows fly beneath me on the cliffs and a pair of crows gather nesting material in their beaks from the back of Priests Cove and fly right out to sea until I can no longer see them – I wonder where they’re going?
take a short walk over the Cape to Porthledden – ancient mines like dark caves in the cliffs. It has a feeling of remoteness. The walled hedges are full of wild flowers. On the crest of the hill is the protected ruin of St Helen’s Oratory – today it is deserted and wind-swept. Large clouds bubble up over the Cape. Textures – grain, rough and ragged. Spiky grass and a feeling the time has stood still.
Here I am on a two week artists residency in the last house before the sea on Cape Cornwall, West Penwith. Perched at the edge of the Atlantic, Cape Cornwall was once believed to be the furthest westerly point in Britain, hence the name Cape. I am here to work within the area where my Cornish tin comes from – to develop ideas based on this landscape, environment, mining and heritage.
In November 2011, Erica’s work with Cornish Tin was the feature of a short film ‘The Cry of Tin’ as part of the 5×5 / 7 project by filmmakers R&A Collaborations.