Now & Then: Spurn Point – A Special Place
Spurn Point, to the east of Hull has inspired a body of work by husband and wife team Madeline and Martin Pick who have worked on the project over the past few years exploring the evocative mystery of Spurn and witnessing dramatic changes at the sand spit as time and tide continue to erode and reshape its landscape.
Madeline working primarily with paint and mixed media on canvas has approached the subject by working and building layers of texture and meaning into her pieces. “You respond at many levels to Spurn. It arouses emotions as you consider the lives lived and the events witnessed and it stimulates memories as you enter the time capsules represented by the prefab buildings and consider the paths of your own life”.
Photographer Martin sees Spurn Point as a unique and fascinating landscape. “We are both impressed by its remote beauty and ability to stir memories, bringing them to the surface. We have tried to represent and record our response to place and the interaction of successive generations of people with it. Above all the ‘big sky’ dominates and is a feature of my photographic interpretation”.