Theresa Eveson

MA Fine Art Interim Show

Contact student

NB. Views and opinions of students in the degree show are their own and do not represent the views of the University.

Theresa Eveson MA Fine Art Year 2

The barn is a series of explorations through history, the lens and my emotions, to etch my mark, albeit impermanent upon a confined space that was to be my retreat during the pandemic.

To explore what lies beneath, both physical and ephemeral, marks etched, memories awakened, a place of retreat and reflection.

The winter is dark, the isolation long and the land dormant but the early morning and late afternoon sun penetrate the fissures and windows as I work, with beams of intense light, a fleeting and joyous dance across the walls.

This memory, this emotion is what I tried to capture, a sudden burst of light, a moment to enjoy, a celebration of the birth and death of a day. 

Windows high in the building provide entrances and exits for life and light, and these I glazed with impressions and colours that contrasted with the muted winter landscape and the barn interior, the vivid hues painting the suffused light, marking my contribution to the dance.

The landscape wraps round us in an all-pervading embrace, the cityscapes utilitarian, functional, in a state of constant flux, built up, torn down, reformed in an ever changing backdrop in response to the social structure of communities held within.

In contrast the perceived idyll of the countryside offers us the rolling, soft, sensual lowlands and the stark, wild beauty of higher hills.

Seemingly timeless and unchanging it too has been shaped by the needs and demands of the communities it surrounds.

For four hundred years the barn has stood alone  providing shelter and sanctuary,  guardian to the fragments and echoes of life past and present. My time there has been spent in reflection and connection with the echoes and meaning of my own life past and present.

The windows were placed in situ for 48 hours to be documented and then removed to reinstate access for the birds of prey (barn owl and kestrel) that reside within the building. The resulting effects being transitory, leaving no mark, my presence known only to me.