ARCHITECTURAL ECHOES Stacey Coughlin

Subtopia

Graphite on tracing paper and concrete
A response to the theme 'MIGRATE'
 
Taking Ian Nairn’s travels on British roads from Southampton to Carlisle over 50 years ago as inspiration, this piece reflects on the historical aspect of the homogenised landscape and the relevancy of this argument today. 
 
The piece consists of two parts seemingly similar and different. Patterns derived from Nairn’s 400-mile journey in 1955 to create repetitive patterns displayed on tracing paper, which are also then transposed incomplete onto the concrete tablet. These are layered with elements from current cartography and landscapes.
 
The piece responds to the theme both as a physical migration from one surface to another, as well as through responding to Nairn’s work and despair at travelling across a country to see the same scene.