Artist's Statement by Locus
We (Locus) have been working directly with concepts of landscape, memory of landscape, space and psychogeographical elements ever since we've been working together, so when this opportunity arose we were excited about being a part of such an interesting project, with regard to the Literary Atlas of Wales. I had read Niall Griffiths' Sheepshagger some years previously and very much enjoyed it, and as we had recently re-located to west Wales, we thought an audio-visual response to this book would make sense. We visited the obvious locations mentioned in the book, but also with the insight provided by Niall and the Literary Atlas of Wales team, the approximate, half imagined conflations of linear and creative landscapes which serve the narrative and the prose. From field recordings and photographs we took on the trips, we then came back to our studio to compose and assemble a series of sound works, and Angharad created the visual art works from the photographs, which were also filtered through our own memory and instinctive emotional response from our immersion in the rich and vivid prose of the book and the landscapes we visited.