New Festival Artist for 2016

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We are delighted to announce Anne-Marie Jacobs as the Roman River Festival Artist for 2016.

Ceramist Anne-Marie lives on Mersea Island, and it is her own beautiful aerial photographs of this extraordinary wilderness, created by the Essex salt marshes, that inspire her current work. Our new home page header features a section of one of Anne-Marie’s images.

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Fingringhoe Saltmarsh

Anne-Marie says: ‘I am delighted to be working with the festival this year as there is a sense in which I see the coastal marsh landscape as visual music, filled with rhythm and repetition of line. In my ceramic work and in my photography I am often drawn to the liminal spaces between the harmony of the wilderness and the linear interventions of the man made. I see this balance between control and expressive freedom as being fundamental to so many art forms, not least music, and I am fascinated by the affinity that can exist between sound and the visual.

‘The marshland, with the habitats it offers and the biodiversity it encourages, is under threat. My response to these concerns could be called ‘Pot Propaganda’.

‘My sculptural cerIMG_4692croppedamics communicate an experience of the landscape, evoking a bodily relationship to it.’

Anne-Marie is in the early stages of a piece influenced by thoughts of being involved in the festival. We will keep you posted as to where you can view her work throughout the year. You can see some of Anne-Marie’s work here.

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