This exhibition presents an installation consisting of over 2,000 found objects; a part of Lambert’s exploration, collection and documentation of change, decay and human markings of the rural landscape in the North Pennines. Lambert’s interest is in understanding the diversity and subjectivity of human relationships with place and the past.
Collecting is a major part of this project: both the finding of objects, such as fragments of pottery, glass and other discards – the subjective sifting of the detritus of untold stories of unknown lives – and also reflection on the human practice of collecting itself – the repositioning of things in time and space. The role of collector here is no less than the role of the found objects and this is reflected in the evocation both of the past lives hinted at by the artefacts, and of the routes and journeys Janet has made in search of these finds.
Janet Lambert has just completed a PhD Fine Art at Newcastle University. She lives in Cumbria.
Photo: Colin Davison