Springs Farm

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This project was an investigation of the usually derelict former miners cottages up on the West Penwith moor (Cornwall), abandoned in the 19th Century when collapse in world tin prices coincided with failed potato crops (blight) led many Cornish miners to see work around the globe. The Cornish Diaspora is to be found in South Australia, the States and Canada, and across South America (Mexico, Chile...).

 

Against a background of contemporary homelessness in West Cornwall, exasperated by the effects of second home ownership and holiday rentals on the housing supply, I became fascinated by these now empty homes. this led to several projects: a series of large scale paintings, and an extensive collection of photographs (some of which you can see above).