Terrain (2020-2023) by Kirsty Palmer & Kristen Mallia
370mm x 577mm (186mm x 291mm folded), 4 pages, Black & white printing, Unbound, 2023
A collaboration between Kirsty Palmer (UK) and Kristen Mallia (US), Terrain (2020-2023) is a folding off-set printed broadsheet developed as part of Terrain, an exhibition by Palmer and Mallia at Patriothall Gallery, Edinburgh (August 2023). The broadsheet contains photography by both artists, exploring shared ideas and themes within their respective practices as well as the wider exhibition.
Since undertaking parallel residencies with Skaftfell Centre for Visual Art, Seyðisfjörður, in 2020, Mallia and Palmer have maintained a working dialogue; an ongoing exchange of reflections, words and images. Terrain follows a period of expanded conversation between their individual practices and provides a platform for collaboration. Terrain responds to experiences of space/ place within the wider platform of landscape. It considers relationships to time and space/ place as archived through specific memories and manifested through objects, surfaces, images or words. It considers the trust we place in the spaces (foundations) and contexts (landscapes) in which we reside, reflecting also on the often-precarious power balance between humans and nature; the impact of shifting or dislodging foundations and breaching boundaries. Mallia and Palmer reference a variety of wider working practices and processes including archaeology, geology, field recording, walking, mapping and cataloguing, and seek to bring these to tangible visual outcomes. Terrain considers visible time, seeking to navigate specific ground, experience or events through looking to their smallest parts; the elements which form them; their material memories and the shift in states they undergo.