In 2011 Kelly Richarson received VARC’s largest single award of £5000. Since then she has been working on ‘The Last Frontier’. Now finished, this piece will eventually become the first of five videos. It depicts a fictitious, future landscape in which the frontier forests have disappeared. Within the sublime, otherwise empty mountainous terrain is what appers to be an explosion of sorts, an electrical looking, stormy, churning dome which is neither expanding nor receding. Rather than destructive, is this ‘Last Frontier’ some kind of bio-dome, an artifically created atmosphere meant for the preservation of life, a kind of last stand?
The Last Frontier is presented as a large-scale installation 26th-29th September 2013 in Berwick’s Bankhill Ice House, an underground cave-like place owned by the Berwick Preservation Trust as part of Berwick Film Festival. It is being presented with the support of the Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Sustainable Development Trust.