Artist in Residence profile — Roger Lougher

© Roger Lougher

© Roger Lougher

1. Explain to us what kind of work you do and what you have been doing up to this point.

Gosh, this is a difficult, however, here is an answer I prepared earlier:

Roger Lougher ia sculptor, documentary photographer, installation artist and curator. He is co-intstigator of Rhôd and co-chair of the Rhôd Committee (the organising force of Rhôd; an annual exhibition of contemporary art in Drefach Felidre, Sîr Gâr/Carmarthenshire). 

He has said “I’m interested in working with artists and organisations to develop community networks and promote social engagement and interaction.” Roger Lougher’s work is made in response to: landscape; how this is mediated, how we negotiate our relationship between the urban environment and the countryside, between nationality and provinciality, the centre and the periphery; language; the invention of nationhood, the idea of Wales, of a country layered by the sediment of language, of boundaries and the crossing of borders.

2. Over the next few months you are going to be researching and spending time unravelling the eccentric history of Tintern Abbey to our audiences. Where did this initial interest in Tintern Abbey come from and where are you hoping to take your research during your residency?

My attachment to Tintern Abbey is not just aesthetic and intellectual but also organismic since I have lived close enough to visit Tintern irregularly throughout my life. Tintern Abbey is perfectly placed to play a significant role in the development of the  landscape genre as a model and lightning conductor and as my work is landscape and about landscape I feel drawn to it.  In 2013 I made an artwork, Domestic Landscape / Tirlun Cartrefol, using words from the rev. William Gilpin’s ‘Observations on the River Wye ...etc‘ . Oriel Davies exhibited the work as part of their group show Be Our Guest in 2013. I would like to deepen my relationship with the reverend and his journey down the Wye and take as my inspiration his record of his visit to Tintern Abbey.

3. What interested you about the opportunity to be an Artist in Residence at Tintern Abbey?

The above and this opportunity to work in the grounds of the abbey in the company of other artists with the support of Cadw and the Tintern Abbey team.

4. Is it important for you to interact with Community First groups during a residency? In what way?

Yes. I would like to find a group which would like to help me research the ideas I have about this project. I like working collaboratively and I enjoy working with people who might not identify themselves as artists but are interested in art.

5. What can we expect to see from you throughout your residency at Tintern Abbey?

At the moment I imagine that the work will manifest as a time-based piece; possibly a video or a presentation. I would like to make something sculptural and so it’s possible that the physical work might become a prop in the video or a platform on which to project it. For me part of the excitement lies in making the work and seeing how this changes as it develops physically and through a process that has a kind of sensuous thoughtfulness about it. It will be interesting to see how working with other people can shape this and affect the plotted path.