Rhiannon Gwyn's New Work
About the series 'Yr Aur o dan yr Eithin’ / ‘The Gold beneath the Gorse’
The title of this body of work, ‘The Gold beneath the Gorse’, is taken from the Welsh proverb 'Gold under gorse, silver under bracken, starvation under heather'. The gorse and bracken soils were valuable enough in the context of Welsh hill farming to inspire the proverb which refers to the prosperity of the uplands in the early modern period. With the same appreciation for the endowment of the land, I use slate, clay and gorse which to me are all forms of gold that embody the rich textures, histories and memories of a place.