Beverley Carruthers is a photographer, educator and Senior Lecturer in Photography at the University of the Arts, London. Performance photography is a central theme in her practice and she is often drawn to mythical stories and creatures. Jane Woollatt is an artist and a nurse therapist. Jane has produced art pieces in response to themes of loss, memory, relationship and psychological processes drawn from her career in the field of psychiatry. Two years ago both artists were at an exhibition of a collection of works generated by two women. The work offered a commentary on Womanhood and reminded them of works they had made when they met at college 30 years previously. This prompted Jane and Beverley to work together on a project choosing to use Menopause as their motivation as a response to their own personal experiences, as well as a mutual desire for the artists’ voice to be heard within the growing critical debate on Menopause.
They launched their project by making a short film on Two Tree Island, a small inter-tidal nature reserve off the coast of East Essex. “In Plain Sight: Unseen” was shown at the inaugural exhibition of the University of the Arts London Photography Research Forum, November 2016.
Earlier this year Jane and Beverley worked separately to make specific art works for a conference they convened. They showed the art pieces and spoke at the conference which was held at CRASSH Cambridge.
The artists will return to Two Tree Island in order to develop another art piece together. The island’s margins are made up of cuts and gullies, which fill and empty twice daily with the tide. Areas flood or are laid bare. It is an edge land, a non-space. It has a liminal timeless quality; Jane and Beverley have chosen the Island because of this transitional state. They also observe that the island embodies time. The Island feels aged, and shows its struggle with the harshness of the estuary environment, and against its own nature. They value the marks of age, of emotional engagement, and of a life lived. Together they will spend time recording and responding to the physicality of the place, and, through the creative process, produce a series of images and art pieces which they hope to share during the residency.