Liz Harrington solo exhibition at the Broadway Gallery, Letchworth

Written by Digswell Arts

On September 24, 2019

Photographic artist Liz Harrington, based at our Fenners Studios, is exhibiting her first solo show Where Land Runs Out at the Broadway Gallery, Letchworth from Saturday 21 September to Sunday 1 December 2019.

Focusing on transience and the fragility of the natural environment Where Land Runs Out is part of a wider, ongoing project based on the Suffolk coast at Orford Ness and Shingle Street. This desolate landscape and vast expanse of shingle has at times an almost haunting feel, enhanced by the rumours of mysterious happenings there during WWII. Along with much of the Suffolk coast Shingle Street beach is subject to erosion and sea level rises and is vulnerable to disappearing.

The exhibited works include a series of camera-less cyanotype images made at Shingle Street beach by immersing the light sensitive photographic paper in the sea during periods of low and high tide. The resulting images are often combined or layered, creating new landscapes and perspectives and will continue to subtly change over time. A cyanotype is one of the earliest photographic printing processes, invented by Sir John Herschel, and results in a Prussian blue image. A second series focuses on the distinct flora found on the shingle beach to create abstract ‘phytograms’ (similar to a photogram), which uses the internal chemistry of the plant to help develop the image.

The exhibition is part of the Broadway Gallery’s ‘Photography Season’ and is shown alongside the Southbank Centre’s Hayward Gallery Touring exhibition One Day This Glass Will Break by Cornelia Parker and Photo Letchworth, a new competition for local artists.

The exhibition is open Wednesday to Sunday until 1st December. For more information see here

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