For this exhibition Kurt has collaborated with 32 writers from a diverse range of backgrounds, resulting in a body of work that varies in scale from postcard-size pieces to large canvasses.
It reveals the physical diversity of the British landscape, whilst providing an insight into the concept of 'place' – that collective sense of identity, meaning, longing and nostalgia present within the British psyche.
By inviting 32 contributors, including the writers Robert Macfarlane and Richard Mabey, as well as scientists, poets, and even Michael Eavis (founder of Glastonbury Festival) to write a personal transcript of a place they felt a connection to, Jackson was able to gain an insight into how this eclectic mix of writers and thinkers view the British landscape. This created a unique opportunity for him to shift the location of his work away from the immediately personal, to places, environments and landscapes that generate a sense of attachment in others.
Everyone has a link to somewhere special. For this project, Place, I turned my normal methods of working upside down and looked for an unsystematic way to relinquish control and to funnel new sources into my working practice; broadening my access into the landscape, opening up new potential avenues and venues for my work. I decided to ask thirty-two different people for their own choice of a preferred location, with them choosing where to 'send' me to make work at their own personal place within Britain. This site, this locale would then become the focus for my response in situ and then subsequently in the studios back home. The parameters became not my connections to a place but my connections to the people who chose the place.