polythene - canvas - driftwood - polystyrene - netting - North-Northumberland coastline / near and on Holy Isand. Collected for site-specific interventions, assemblages, projected works.

graham patterson - visual artist  


north sea - sunlit reflections - 35mm projection onto pillbox exterior + Northumberland coastline - 06/2017

Place Attachment (emotional bond between person and place).



Topophilia (Greek topos "place" and philia, "love of") strong sense of place, often related to cultural identity, referenced by French philosopher Gaston Bachelard in The Poetics of Space (1958).



Place Memory - According to Pierre Nora, places of memory (lieux de mémoire) refer to those places where “memory crystallizes and secretes itself”; the places where the exhausted capital of collective memory condenses and is expressed.

dunes poetics of space


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slow-motion / / / wave reclaiming land. This tidal area of North-Northumberland coastline is owned by Greenwich Hospital Estates London. Apparently the land was given to retiring Admirals as a reward for their endeavours... Their ancestors still profit  financially from tenant farmers / rental properties close to the coastline. This tidal area between low and high water mark should be constituted as 'No mans Land'... A democratic space owned by everyone and no one; re-claimed by the sea with each high tide tide...

Two cordless analogue projectors have been aquired to project shoreline materials - negative & positive film. The equipment will enables quick changes of location, scale and angle.

Shoreline assemblages

Works that utilise existing shoreline and materials brought to the space tethered to driftwood with monofilament fishing line. Summer 2017.


The Japanese concept of 'Ma’ can be perceived as a ‘gap’, ‘pause’ or ’space’ between two structural parts... Organising the process of movement from one place to another. A signifier of the ephemeral, where all kinds of phenomena appear, pass and disappear.




This ‘positive’ emptiness can be related to the interval that comes when our out breath has finished, but the in breathe has not yet begun… Lately I have aligned this to the experience of watching waves unfolding / reaching the end of their journey before dissipating into the sand…




I'm currently researching this concept to help inform potential collaborative working practices which encompass light•dark - sound•silence - movement•stillness