My new site-specific artwork To the Wind's Teeth (2021) / I Ddannedd y Gwynt (2021) commissioned by the Landmark Trust is premiering at Llwyn Celyn near Abergavenny in Wales on Saturday 18 September and Sunday 19 September 2021 10-4pm. Click here for more information and to book.
To the Wind's Teeth (2021) / I Ddannedd y Gwynt (2021) is a new site-specific artwork for Llwyn Celyn. Situated in the Llanthony Valley on the edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park, Llwyn Celyn is regarded as one of the most remarkable of all surviving late-medieval houses in Wales.
Located adjacent to the house, I have been inspired by the threshing barn, a building which would have been used to thresh and winnow the edible grain from locally harvested wheat. This work follows my exploration into the process of bread making and investigating how the body learns, adapts, responds to and performs manual work, posing questions around labour, regaining lost skills, the link between food and wellbeing, and passing on knowledge through embodied practice. For this commission, my research has included learning about this process from Rob Penn author, Slow Rise: A Bread Making Adventure, who over the course of a year, learnt how to sow, harvest, thresh and mill his own wheat, in order to bake bread for his family. Working with Cardiff based choreographer Deborah Light, I have developed a new performance and video work in response to this unique building.
Performed by: Zosia Jo, Deborah Light, Jake Nwogu, Osian Meilir
Costumes: Lucie Kordacova
Music: Mira Calix
Photos: Reece Straw