Where we begin to Look: Landscape and Poetry

Zoe Benbow

Where we begin to Look: Landscape and Poetry, 2012-13

“Water, sky, earth, coast. No landscape exists out of context: like anything else, landscape is as subject to the effects of time, culture, power, ownership, and ecology as it is to its poetical, historical and gendered constructions.” Deryn Rees-Jones 2012

In this project I collaborated with the poets Deryn Rees-Jones and Sarah Corbett to present The Poetry Society’s touring exhibition Where We Begin to Look: Women, Landscape and Poetry – shown at various venues including: The Glass Tank, Oxford Brookes University, Norwich Arts Centre and The Wordsworth Trust in Grasmere. The exhibition explores the interconnectedness of visual art, poetry, walking and landscape. The paintings and drawings I exhibited were developed from fieldwork undertaken during residencies at the Ballinglen Arts Foundation, County Mayo in 2011 and 2012.



Western Sea – Oil on Canvas, 183x244cm, 2012
Mayo drawing – 2012


Where we begin to Look: Landscape and Poetry, exhibition view
Exhibition photo: Norwich Arts Centre


Zoe Benbow