My current practice mediates complex ideas associated with contemporary, historical and cultural readings of land use through a variety of visual art media and sculptural processes. Using the emotive tool of water as a mutable and flowing element in and of the land, I have set out to link commonalities of land and water uses in local and global contexts.
‘Water Conversations’ is the overarching title for an evolving series of works, projects, public actions and installations developed by Anna Macleod through a critical engagement with archival material, fieldwork and community collaboration to explore the complex interstices between landscape, science and technology, culture and economics. The site- responsive works involve collaboration with a broad spectrum of participants: materials, histories, landscapes, ecologies, cultural objects and meterological phenonoma. To date, the collaborative aspect of the projects has led to working partnerships with artists, scientists, cultural geographers, activists, engineers, local historians and communities.
The intention is to build multilayered projects that are socially inclusive and can generate new ways of seeing and activate positive cooperative action. Interdisciplinary in approach, the sculptures, drawings, posters, public interventions, installations, photographs, videos, sound works and performative actions articulated during the process of research and making, seek to tease out the playful potential and speculative futures for our understanding of, and engagement with, physical and cultural landscapes.
Anna's ambition for this ongoing body of work is to tease out the meaning of our human relationship to ‘place’ and to explore community resilience at a time of rapid social change and environmental uncertainty.