The Walking Path ~ Artworks Exploring Pilgrimage and Place

15th-22nd August 2014
Opening Event Night: 15th August 6.30pm (food available, tapas).£3 entrance
Closing Event Night: 22nd August 6.30pm onwards. £3 entrance.

Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens
Nr Gulval, TR20 8YL



When Roger Thorp was invited by Neil and Jane Armstrong, late one winters night, to create an installation for the Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens, he immediately had a notion of what he wanted to achieve. In May 2013 he had installed The Fountain Project in the James Turrell Skyspace at the same garden and lit the rising path towards it with
flares. A steady procession of people climbed the hill and entered the Turrell ‘temple’. There were echoes of pilgrimage, through a beautiful garden…this image stayed with him.

Tremenheere lies on St Michael’s Way, part of the ancient pilgrimage route El Camino de Santiago. The Waking Path is a collection of artworks that touch on a very human need to slow down, to listen, to gaze and seek grace.

The artists involved have held true to Tremenheere’s guiding ethos “to evolve a aturalistic, arcadian space blending the elements of landscape, planting and art to create a place for contemplation and wonder.”

All the art created for The Waking Path addresses the increasing contemporary interest in pilgrimage. The significance of place and journey is being explored by more and more people of all faiths and none. Maybe it is an antidote to our cultures obsessive policing and domination of national frontiers, and the human atrocities this can lead to. Could this wandering through territories be an act of resistance? A quiet, solo act taken by many that acts as a counterbalance.

Roger Thorp will be projecting a series of related images onto The Hanging Cloth, a sackcloth suspended in the Skyspace. These will form a linear triptych creating an exterior, interior and a ‘ghost’ image. He will also be exhibiting a series of ‘song films’…Songs For The Hard Earth that are lyrically and visually relevant to the intent of The Waking Path. Thorp’s End Of The Way, features Pilgrims at their destination in Santiago de Compostela. A moment is captured when they react to the camera. Thorp is based in Gunwalloe on the Lizard Peninsula.

Faye Dobinson’s involvement is due to her recent walk on parts of El Camino. ‘Field of Stars’, (the translation of Compostela) is a lightbox that depicts a constellation made of plotted points along Dobinson’s walk, creating “a shimmer of significance”. Dobinson will also create a stone Cairn – an interactive piece generated by visitors carrying a stone from the bottom of a hill to the top, accessing something ancient- an act that speaks of hope, love, and purpose. Dobinson is based in Perranuthnoe, near Penzance.

Thorp has collaborated with Jesse Leroy Smith on a series of animated paintings. The first of these works, Bardo 7.08 is a triptych that explores an interplay between a Christian and Buddhist imagery. More recently they have created blood to dust, a series of 7 works that explore shifting creeds and ethnicity: studies in difference and sameness through paint and film. Jesse is a painter based in Newlyn and Brighton.

Joe Dworniak, a musician and producer works between Spain and Riverfish Music in Penzance. He has an impressive list of World Class Spanish & Cuban artist collaborations and is creating a soundscape to guide the viewer along the path from the lower ground to the top of the hill and the Skyspace.

Xurxo Chirro was introduced to Thorp by Pedro de Llano, a Spanish curator previously based in Santiago de Compostela, He will be showing Santa Catalina. “In 2012 the procession of Saint Catalina is held for the first time in A Cruzada neighbourhood: A Guarda. The itinerary overcomes steep slopes and narrow paths. This is an ethnographic
pretext that turns up to be a reflection on spirituality and religion by means of the cinema. The position of the camera,the staging, the low angles and the duration of the scenes place this short film inside the devotional cinema.”

It was in conversation with Pedro de Llano, that Thorp was inspired by hearing of ‘On the zoad’, an exhibition celebrating the 800th anniversary of St Francis of Assisi’s visit to the city. This introduced the element of paying homage to St Francis in The Waking Path.


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