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Jan Orrock


Flood: There’s Something in the Water

(Inks on acrylic in lightboxes)

OS grid ref: NY 319 540
Corner of a field right next to the A595 between Mealsgate and Bothel in the Wigton area. Viewed from the lonning (lane) off the A595 just south of the road off to Blennerhasset. Bus stop only feet away; Numbers 600, 554 Bus stop called ‘Torpenhow Road End’

Tourists come to the Lake District to enjoy the scenery, which is totally reliant on rainwater. The dream is to enjoy the calming balm of the magnificent Cumbrian landscapes but the reality for many who live here has been flooding. Water, friend and enemy. Water, elemental. Visitors are requested not to enter the field. The lightboxes will be switched on between 5 – 9 pm every day, with extra hours at the week-end.

Currently Jan’s work involves painting on large back-illuminated surfaces, intensity of light and colour. Jan enjoys using this medium, developed by advertising to make personal paintings her current work is concerned with the reaction of moving to a rural location. Having worked at a huge scale in the past, this triptych is really quite small. The medium is challenging allowing Jan to experiment in various ways, such as trying to introduce an element of time by dragging objects across the surface whilst spraying paint; such as having the light tubes escape from the image and also by working in 3-D.

Flood by Jan Orrock

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