"We Live By Tha’ Water"

Name: Joanne Coates

University: London College of Communication

Website: www.joannecoates.co.uk

Artist Statement:

Islands are often metaphors for the edge, for new frontiers. This is a deeply personal portrayal as much about the storyteller as the story itself. It's about the beautiful moments amongst the bleak. It's about exploring my mind in the midst of a breakdown, looking at mental erosion and personal anxieties. 

It's about remoteness and escapism. It's about being drawn to the edge, to the hinterlands of the mind and the land. It's the poetic appreciation of island life and a community becoming lost.  The series We Live by Tha’ Water is set in Orkney, but is rather an exploration of remoteness through connect to place.  

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