Sea Wall is a makeshift sandbag wall constructed from tropical sea-themed shower curtain fabric. The piece addresses themes of borders and control, and is a metaphor for the fact that the sea is but one of many hurdles in the process of refuge seeking. The image of the sandbag defence has connotations of warfare and references the landscape of conflict that many refugees have come from, but also the sad fact that their arrival on foreign shores is not always met with open arms, but with unwelcoming political rhetoric and social views. The image of the sandbag is also interesting in relation to climate change. Over Christmas 2015 news stories of terrible flooding in the north of England appeared every day, and footage of communities; including migrants and refugees, working together, filling and stacking sandbags, symbolised solidarity in the face of adversity. Climate change is an important contemporary issue and contributes not only to rising sea levels and extreme weather, but also to the displacement of people whose homes and livelihoods become unsustainable.
Working across video, installation, sculpture and writing, Annabel Duggleby responds to site and space, exploring the materiality and immateriality of a landscape as a catalyst for poetic, thoughtful encounters. Influenced by critical theory on the politics of space and ecology, my work often responds to political and historical narratives, and challenges preconceived ideas about space, power and ownership. Current research interests include: botanic and ecological practices as tools of colonialism; the landscape as recording medium; the garden as an archive. Based in Cheltenham, UK.