Mining for Potash, Boulby

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Carmel was born in London but moved to North Yorkshire at the beginning of 2014. She has taken short courses in drawing and etching at the Royal Drawing School, printmaking at the London College of Communication and filmmaking at the film lab.  Whilst working predominantly in paint she also works in print, drawing and film. She has exhibited in London and Yorkshire. Most recently she has exhibited at the Pastel Society Annual Exhibition 2015 and the RWS Contemporary Watercolour Competition 2015.


Statement about the work

This image is one of a series that explores the visual relationship between industry of the North of England and the surrounding landscape. The potash mine tunnels for hundreds of miles underground yet leaves a comparatively small outward scar on the edge of the idyllic rolling hills of the North York Moors. The simple surface appearance of this mine takes on an almost surreal quality. Drawing upon my observations, memory and experience of the mine I looked to capture the spirit of this subject. The strange beauty of the smoking chimney on a clear winter’s day was the image that eventually stayed with me.

Carmel Bassan
53 x 53 cm

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