Debbie Yare

Master of Fine Art

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About me

My artistic practice is concerned with understanding, recording, and translating direct experiences of the landscape and places that surround my home in north Lancashire. I have always loved spending time walking in the outdoors, learning to communicate with my surroundings, and finding meaning within them. These are not passing visits. I return repeatedly to the same locations; often places I have known since childhood. There is a reassuring repetition in this process, yet the experience is varied, evoking an increasing sense of wonder as time goes by.

In March 2020 the Covid-19 pandemic and ensuing lockdown restrictions provided me with the opportunity to fully focus my practice on the expansive inter-tidal marshes and mudflats of Morecambe Bay where I live; a dynamic coastal area that is subject to fast tides and rapidly changing conditions.

I began to experiment with movement and duration within my drawing practice to express the remarkable transformations that were taking place in the landscape around me. At the same time, I became frustrated with the static, fleeting quality of my photographs, causing me to collage and weave them together to extend the time ‘contained’ within them. All these initial experiments encouraged me to work with video; an art form that was new to me. I made a film with my iPhone because its portability allowed me to respond intuitively to events taking place in the moment.

Crossings (Intro.), Video. Please click on 'view more' to view the introductory two minutes of 'Crossings', my digital video work.

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'Walking with shifting channels a universe unfolds', 56 15 x 21cm drawings on paper

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Detail from 'Walking with shifting channels a universe unfolds', drawing on paper, 15 x 21cm

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Installation view

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Installation view

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Installation view

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Installation view

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Installation view

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Keywords: landscape, place, photography, environment, drawing, video, coastal landscape, morecambe bay, walking