Tidal Timespace: Imprints & Palimpsests (works in progress); Heather Green; 2020/ongoing

Heather at Arlingham – low tide

An extract from the project statement

Tidal Timespace: Imprints & Palimpsests is an interdisciplinary mixed-media art project that examines, contrasts, and celebrates the ecology and culture of two diverse and at-risk tidal landscapes: Bahía Adair in Sonora, Mexico, and the Severn Estuary in the UK. It is a project steeped in the specificity of place, intertwining ecological and historical narratives, personal and communal memory, scientific data, and a wide range of media into a polyvocal art installation.

Estuarine landscapes are some of the most vital and at-risk ecosystems, as they provide feeding and nesting areas for migratory birds, serve as nurseries for critical fisheries, and buffer coasts from storms, flooding, and erosion. Because of their strategic location, estuarine landscapes can be impacted by human development (e.g. bridges, harbors, and industry), and degraded by human-introduced pollutants, sediments, and even pathogens (1). By examining Bahía Adair and the Severn side-by-side, the finished installation will instill a sense of reverence and appreciation for each site as well as a feeling of communal care through articulating the specificity of their shared characteristics and striking distinctions: the Severn has the second largest tidal range in the world and is fed by the Severn River, the longest river in the UK, its rich culture has been cultivated for centuries; Bahía Adair, a large, sparsely populated wetland complex located in the Gulf of California, has the third-largest tidal range in North America, is surrounded by the Sonoran desert, and fringed with multiple negative estuaries. Just as the tide creates an interchange between water and land, and salt and fresh water—there is also an intercultural mixing and exchange that can occur—resulting in fertile ground for greater awareness, conservation, and stewardship of these important environments.”

A map of the Severn Estuary by Heather

Jump to the place marker on the SEAA map here

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