This work grew out of research into half land half water places. Fragile sites where residents respond to immediate concerns in clever, often beautiful, ways. These incredible beached boat/houses are just behind the dunes in Heacham, Norfolk. They are constantly being adapted, expanded and extended. The once humble wooden coal boat at their centres are now masked, covered or just glimpsed, with owners trying hard to keep them land locked.
Architect Proffessor Stephen Walker wrote an essay in response, this is an extract:
Kate’s drawings of the Heacham house/boats point to what we cannot see, to what they refuse to show us directly. They—the house/boats in the drawings and in their site at Heacham—occupy a provisional landscape that redirects our gaze (literally) and our thoughts in strange and unexpected directions. As well as celebrating improvisation, they draw attention to ongoing negotiations, and ask us to look the other way, or look another way.
The drawings were selected for the John Ruskin Art Prize 2019
10 x Pencil on paper
Arts Council England